Mangaluru: Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai told the Dakshina Kannada district administration to reduce the positivity rate or get ready to face another lockdown. After holding a review meeting of the COVID situation, the chief minister directed the district administration to reduce the number of home isolation cases, and instead shift patients to Covid care centres.
“I don’t want to impose a lockdown again and trouble people. Instead, I believe that prevention is better than cure. Tracking and tracing should be made more efficient. The district should be prepared with all medical infrastructure including beds, oxygen and ICUs.
The district should make rural task forces more effective, and more emphasis should be given for scientific triaging, and thereby shifting more cases to CCCs, and also declare micro containment areas when infected people are allowed to remain in home isolation. This will prevent the spread of the virus,” the CM said.
“The health department should visit infected people in home isolation, twice a day, and check their temperature and oxygen levels. Check their social condition, to ensure whether they have separate bathrooms and bedrooms. All restrictions in place at the border with Kerala should continue, and surveillance should be increased from two shifts to three, through the health and police departments,” the CM said.
Health minister K Sudhakar said the positivity rate being above 4% is alarming for the district. The state average is below 1.7%, but in Dakshina Kannada it is above 4%, he added.