Second Covid wave may hit Karnataka in January, consultants warn

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By: Express News Service | Bengaluru |

December 3, 2020 5:33:52 am

Picture used for representational goal A technical advisory committee advising the Karnataka authorities on the way to sort out the Covid-19 pandemic has warned {that a} second wave of the coronavirus could hit the state in January and has instructed measures just like the imposition of night time curfew between December 26 to January 1 and a ban on New Year celebrations to minimise the impression on the state.
“An early recognition of the second wave of Covid-19 in the state can be done by closely monitoring 7-day average growth rate and reproduction number (R0) at district and state levels. The second wave of Covid-19 is expected during January-February, 2021,” the committee, comprising of well being consultants, acknowledged in a November 30 report.
It stated that the inputs of an epidemic intelligence workforce needs to be utilised for early recognition of the second wave by the state authorities and a “minimum of 1.25 lakh tests per day” needs to be performed until the top of February, with at the very least one lakh being RT-PCR checks.
Winter circumstances, the opening up of public motion and interactions, weak enforcements and the motion of individuals throughout states are cited as causes for a attainable second wave.
“There has been a second wave of Covid-19 in the USA, Europe, Australia, and other countries. Recently, there has been a surge in cases in Delhi, Haryana, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, West Bengal, Kerala, and other states that has been a cause for concern in other states,” the committee acknowledged.
It has really useful that the hospital care preparedness within the state in January needs to be on the ranges that it was when the primary wave of the Covid-19 started receding in October “in terms of beds, ICUs, ICU- ventilators, etc”.
The committee has stated that mass gatherings should solely be held in open areas, and has instructed a ban on public New Year celebrations and in addition to an evening curfew from Eight pm to five pm from December 26 to January 1.
Karnataka recorded its first case on March 8, and until the top of November, a complete of 8.74 lakh circumstances have been detected within the state, with 11,678 deaths. The interval of July to September was the worst, when the state was witnessing a median of 10,000 Covid-19 circumstances a day. The variety of circumstances has since been introduced below management, with a median of 1,500 circumstances a day.
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