Bengaluru: Amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru, hospitals have already been directed to admit only patients with severe or moderate symptoms. Mild and asymptomatic cases should be described COVID-19 care centres or encouraged in which to stay home isolation, Saturday the government said.
In its notification the federal government said: “moderately and severely ill COVID-19 patients are occasionally struggling to get admission… in this context, it might be prudent to admit and severely ill patients moderately, both national government and private, and encourage asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients to obtain admitted in COVID care centres or maintain home isolation”.
Bengaluru has seen a significant spike in cases this month, with total numbers crossing 25,000 late Friday evening. Both Bengaluru Urban and Rural districts have already been locked down for weekly starting July 14.
On Friday Bengaluru reported 2,208 new cases. Thursday the town reported 2 on,344 new cases and 1,975 on Wednesday. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has eliminated extending the lockdown, despite requests from the Bengaluru municipal corporation to achieve that just. Instead, the principle Minister has announced a slew of measures to track, ensure that you treat COVID-19 patients, especially those above 65 years.
Among these measures are plans to create more effective usage of available hospital beds – this means making certain only those people who are seriously suffering from the virus will undoubtedly be admitted. Having less beds in the town has been compounded, Friday the government said, by privately-run hospitals not delivering the 5 yet,00 beds they’d promised.
“We spoke about increasing ICU and oxygen beds. We are speaking with all medical colleges for creating COVID wards also; hospital wards had promised 5,000 beds but haven’t given any yet,” R Ashok, the revenue minister, said. Worryingly, given the rate of increase, the 5,000 beds, when delivered, might still not be adequate to take care of (and contain) those infected by the herpes virus.
The upsurge in cases can be putting pressure on medical resources like ambulances, with several people, including those positive for the herpes virus, being forced to hold back for hours for just one.Across Karnataka, over 55,000 cases have already been confirmed, including 33,211 active cases and 1,147 deaths from the infectious virus.