Sharp spike in coronavirus cases pushing Udupi to attain 'red zone' tag

Harshini Brahmavar

Daijiworld Media Network - Udupi (SP)

Udupi, May 22: The district which had acquired the ‘green zone’ tag due to the efforts of the deputy commissioner and other officials just two weeks ago, is sliding to acquire the red zone tag. The district did not take long to hurtle down to an unenviable position from the proud recognition it recently held.

Perhaps for the first time for any district, Udupi registered 28 new coronavirus cases on a single day. Compared to some other districts, the figures may not be that daunting. Perhaps people never expected so many coronavirus patients to emerge all of a sudden. Some sources have calculated that the district may cross the century mark going by the exodus of migrants from other districts into Udupi. Now, the people are curious to know whether the district administration is equipped to handle so many patients. Another pertinent question is whether proper hygiene is maintained at the quarantine centres now.

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Already about 7,000 intra-state migrations have happened in the district. There is no account about illegal entrants. Those who came in from abroad, other districts and other states have been provided accommodation in quarantine services created by converting hostels, hotels, schools, halls etc. But a view of the recent coronavirus cases gives rise to the suspicion whether the pandemic is being transmitted through the community. There are allegations that in certain quarantine centres, home food is being supplied and the clothes of the inmates are being sent to their families. The district administration has to look into these allegations.

Intra-state migrants

After the first three coronavirus positive cases were detected in the district, there was a feeling that Udupi district had acquired the safe tag. But the number of patients went on increasing by the addition of those who came from Dubai. Allowing migrants from other states to come in seems to have boomeranged for Udupi district.

There is no doubt that everyone yearns to come back home. As per government order, everyone can go to their home districts. But here, more than other districts, influx from other states seems to have delivered a big blow. Moreover, among the infected persons, considerable number of patients are woman, children and senior citizens.

In addition to people from Dubai, migrants from states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Kerala, where high number of COVID-19 patients were found, added to the numbers here. The total number of people who came into the districts stands at 7,355 as at May 20. As many as 2,243 came from Maharashtra, who are in Byndoor, 2,119 are in Karkala and 1,028 have been quarantined at Kundapur.

The newly infected persons have another issue to handle. Finding their travel history has posed the biggest challenge, A total of 6,077 passes have been approved but the district administration is not aware how many will come in through these passes. There is possibility of using fake passes. Issuance of passes has now been passed as there is order banning inter-state movement till May 31.

Udupi has the only COVID-19 hospital in the district. Within a week, the number of cases has increased from 3 to 48. This hospital has 70 beds of which 45 are occupied.

Additional deputy commissioner of the district Sadashiva Prabhu, told Daijiworld that the district administration is fully equipped to take on coronavirus challenge. He agreed that cases of COVID-19 symptoms appearing among people coming from other states is a worrying development. He advised people in the quarantine to pay more attention to maintaining their personal hygiene.




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  • Irfan, Udupi

    Fri, May 22 2020

    30 Million people works abroad , plus students, plus visitors. What if all comes back to India.
    Do we have enough jobs for them?

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  • Peshu, Manipal

    Fri, May 22 2020

    1st Lockdown - Janata Curfew

    2nd lockdown - Ghanta...Corona Go, go Corner

    3 rd lockdown - Diya, Candles, lightings, flowers to worriers

    4th lockdown - 20 Lacs Crores Covid Patients!!!??

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  • Angry porbuler, Udupi

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Forget Corona, even fish prices have increased because of gulf returnees...So bloody expensive fish is esp. manji, prawns, rawas, . Common working man is udupi looking at anjal, and only buying bangude or boothai....

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, May 22 2020

    True, because of sudden large inflow of money right from 70s till recently, prices of all commodities went up due to splurging by these NRIs; Localites had to settle for cheap fish; these NRIs used to just shell out whatever was quoted & took the best stuff home! Hope, at least, now they will be forced to tighten their purse strings & rates of realty & commodities settle down to realistic levels! BTW, many NRIs r trapped by investing in realty at peak time rates, desperate now to sell & get out!

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Rudolph Sir, this was expected. Even vegetable prices will rise. Every year prices will hike when people come on holidays to our districts from outside states/countries.....porbule bangude butaay matha meenidla yedde... Omega 3 ippundu.. Malla malla meenid fat jassthi.... Doctor panper yellya meen yedde yend... Bangude, nang, sodi, bolanjeer, kollatharu butaay... Yenkleg yaav...

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Washington, May 22 (IANS): US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that the US would not close in the case of a second coronavirus wave.

    "People say that's a very distinct possibility. It's standard. And we're going to put out the fires. We're not going to close the country. We're going to put out the fires," Trump told reporters when asked if he was concerned about a second wave of COVID-19 during a tour of a Ford manufacturing plant in the state of Michigan, Xinhua reported.

    "A permanent lockdown is not a strategy for a healthy state or a healthy country. Our country wasn't meant to be shut down," the president said. "A never-ending lockdown would invite a public health calamity. To protect the health of our people we must have a functioning economy."

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, May 22 2020

    This was expected! The rules & regulations were only to resume pvt bus operations under pressure from cash starved bus lobby! These chaps will do anything to increase their daily collection & cover the lockdown losses at the earliest!

    Now, what's the efficacy of quarantining/lockdown of a select group of people when on the other hand public (many may be infected) is being transported in hordes in overcrowded buses???

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  • Lawrence Lobo, Mangalore

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Where is district in charge. All are over confident.

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  • sri_elder, Karkala

    Fri, May 22 2020

    These migrants made mistakes travelling back home now...
    They might've catch virus on the way, or at quarantine center as well...

    What was the urgency to travel back?
    Stay back home wherever you are was the recommendation still holds good..

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  • Chetan, Udupi

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Why can't the district administration keep a strict watch on quarantine centers? It's their failure which has caused the present situation. Wake up.

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  • Guru, Mulki

    Fri, May 22 2020

    It has been told by several experts that, once people from gulf are back, it will not be possible to control this virus.

    They will not follow the rules and regulation. They show their money power. You must have seen how they behaved once they landed at airport . They want red carpet welcome, free water, free food, free porter, air conditioned bus, home quarantine .

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  • Stephen, Mangalore

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Very much agree to your above statement. Wouldnt want to scrub saying we indians are that way or the gulf returnees are such as mentioned above. But i very much agree to the above statement and say that yes most of rhe foreign returnees are indeed as such. One leaves the country for a better living and earning when they could indeed have done good while living here but several lack of opportunities didnt permit. And rhese very people then wish to come back to their motherland because they want to feel home. Why should the government bring home such people who at one time left behind their own land and ran away for wealth? Such are the very people who come and show the greed of money to our locals who make a dire living and thereby cause teouble to the entire city in return.

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  • Stephen, Mangalore

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Not necessarily that the returnees from aborad may have contracted the disease at the quarantine centres here in India. You cannot hold / blame the local administration for that. What if ; and which is very much also a possiblity ; that the migrant returnees may have already been infected previously when at the place of origin and have not made themselves known for the treatment. Thus creating a state of panic once here at destination.

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  • Paul, mangalore

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Yes Udupi was doing great.
    But when they opened for inter state specially mumbai
    & aboard cases increased in Dk & udupi
    It's sad.
    Only we have pray akl becomes clear & all become healthy & normal .
    We have protected ourselves

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  • Ajay Rebello, Kallianpur

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Do not make this out to be a Udupi specific issue. Migrants have been staying in cramped quarters with poor sanitation all over India and now that they are returning and are getting tested, it is only natural that some are positive. Had we tested the migrants we sent back we would have similar cases.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Ajay, knowing well that migrants are huddled in cramped quarters, they should have been released at the first instance; trapping them for weeks in unhygeinic conditions has actually exacerbated the problems; and now when these poor ignorant migrants reach their homes more reports can be expected, what say?

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  • Sandesh Shetty, shirva

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Now you have to learn live with thies Virus..No other Option.

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  • R.Bhandarkar, Mangaluru '

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Added to all this woes now is now
    ' Love in Quarantine Centres ' and eloping of married people !
    ಒಂಜಾ ರಡ್ಡ.. ! I mean One aa Two aa difficulties...
    You have to discover ' anti love vaccines ' at quarantine centers also !
    Very difficult times.... Pyaar Jukta Nahin.... Gustaa Hain in these difficult times also.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Bhandarkmaam, see what all woes will start, besides the severe economic crises, after lockdown ends; CORONA phobia......will be a game changer!

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  • Prabhu, Karkala

    Fri, May 22 2020

    All this because of gulf returnees.

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  • MIA, MIA

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Gulf returnees also Indians right? why so much hate against them? Didnot enjoyed NRIs remitence so far?

    That figure including came from Mumbai and banglore etc. We dont have enough job in Udupi district it is natural that people will migrate to other cities or countries in search of better life and job. If any consiquences happen they will return to their house.

    We have to prepare for this situation after all NRI and others contributing to Udupi Economy a lot.

    we have to find the solution rather than blamming.

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  • Naresh, Udupi

    Fri, May 22 2020

    People at Gulf are working for Rs.800 per day. What will they remit to India. Only God knows.

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  • MIA, Udupi

    Fri, May 22 2020

    $8 billion remitance per year from NRI

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  • Lobo, Belman

    Fri, May 22 2020

    $8 billion goes their own account. Not any other's account. How Govt gets benefited by this. What is this explanation??

    Have you ever seen a Govt statement encouraging Indians to go to gulf to work, so that India earns foreign exchange?????. Instead Govt encouraging to use theirs skills in India itself. Why any Govt want their citizens to use their skill to develop other countries.

    Why you people still want to justify using all our intelligence in developing of other countries.

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  • Evans C. Sumitra, Udupi/ New York, USA.

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Naresh, Udupi, Your comments make no sense at all. That clearly shows how much an NRI contributes to the family and country.

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    Fri, May 22 2020

    Now we re going towards Atnanirbhar Bharath, stay in India, Earn in India, Spend in India. We should not depend on remittance

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  • sandesh, Shirva

    Fri, May 22 2020

    what about mumbai &other state..

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  • Pravin, Udupi

    Fri, May 22 2020

    They are residents of India. They pay tax. Govt has responsibility to look after them.

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  • Lesly, Shirva

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Mr. Prabhu While commenting please be sensible. What gulf people? All native banks runs with money deposited by NRI. All functions you need sponsor from NRI. And important question? Who are gulf returns? When need time lend your hand not Don’t blame. Please provide number of people infected by gulf? Do you have any records? And infected by those who not came by gulf or abroad?

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  • Naresh, Udupi

    Fri, May 22 2020

    People at Gulf are working for Rs.800 per day. What will they remit to India. Only God knows.
    Ten medium size export oriented units can earn more foreign exchange than the remittances that people from gulf do. Don't fool us.

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  • Louis Fernandes, Belthangady

    Fri, May 22 2020


    Your understanding on NRIs and their remittance to India is wrong. NRI remittance is no alternative export remittance. Both plays different roles in their own unique ways. Even if any NRI not remitting anything to his bank, still he can contribute to Indian society & economy. I can give a 3 hour lecture on this to prove you terribly wrong but you must have in depth knowledge on indian economy, banking sector, social-economic conditions of India to understand this.

    Although terms like ‘brain drain’ have tried to put NRIs in a bad light, the reality is that it is hard to overlook the NRI contribution to Indian GDP. Non-residents form only about 1% of the total Indian population but are an integral cog in the system. NRI money transfers to their family, also remittances to their bank account as savings, are a major source of foreign currency inflow in the country. NRI money transfers to India are channelized towards better education, healthcare, investments, savings, and more.

    NRIs have had an important role to play in the development of the country. Every year, thousands of Indians migrate to other countries in search of better prospects for themselves and their loved ones back home.

    Often NRIs are seen supporting charities and have been instrumental in providing financial assistance in times of natural disasters like the recent floods, helping needy etc. Provision of better facilities and access to wealth raises the standard of living of their families and positively impacts the Indian economy.

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  • Lesly, Shirva

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Hello Naresh. Rear article in Economics times -India to retain top position in remittances with $80 billion: World Bank. If Labour class send Rs 400 per day to the family. Still consider good.

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  • Sandesh Amin, Udupi

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Udupi District people surviving on gulf, Western countries, and Mumbai people. Only few get jobs in govt. and Banks etc.

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Because of NRI bucks flowing freely till recently, the price of property was hyperinflated, artificial scarcity created by NRIs recklessly investing in multiple properties; also cost of living went high; these rates will now come down to very realistic levels due to excess supply & no buyers from her on; also now NRIs will prefer to sit on cash rather than invest in properties!

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  • Chandu, Karkala

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Prabhu Maam,
    What is wrong with you ? Why you hate NRI's so you hate all Amchigele Samaj settled in Gulf , Europe, US, Australia etc..... from Karkala . You need all of these NRI's to buy all third grade duplicate stuff you sell in many of your shops in the town and when you make money out of them, you do not have any problems.

    Take a good dip in Ramasamudra and relax Maamu...!! Don't call them NRIs and Gulf returnees, they are all Indians as much as you and every one else. They too pay taxes to the Indian government either directly or indirectly.

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  • Shaeeque, Udupi

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Mr. Prabhu, out of 45 only 7 cases are gulf returnees and remaining are maharashta returnees. Gulf returnees ratio is 16% and remaining 84% cases are interstate returnees

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  • Sahil, Mangaluru

    Fri, May 22 2020

    Sometimes our biggest mistake gives us a great lesson... We celebrated green zone. And very soon opened everything........ For whom to blame now?

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