Warning signs of third wave: Do not let guard down, warn Karnataka health experts

Bengaluru, Aug 4 (IANS): With the warning signs of a third Covid wave showing up in some parts of Karnataka, several districts of the state sharing border with Kerala are contemplating enforcing night curfew and restrict vehicular movements to contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Sri Jayadeva Institute of Cardiovascular Sciences and Research, Bengaluru's director and member of the Member of Karnataka State Covid Technical Advisory Committee, Dr C.N. Manjunath told reporters that with Karnataka sandwiched between Maharashtra and Kerala, Covid cases start increasing corresponding to the increase in the neighbouring states.

"First and second waves are case in point. Based on tackling these two waves, I can easily say that the state government cannot show any leniency in tackling this wave. We need to up our guards and strictly implement Covid safety protocols without succumbing to any pressure," he said.

According to him, one of the major reasons for the second wave of pandemic hitting the state very hard is due to the government showing 'leniency' in allowing people to celebrate festivals.

"Even now, at least 15 major festivals are lined up in the next one or two months, for instance, Deepavali, Dasara and other festivals. Apart from these festivals there are several village festivals. The second wave taught us a big lesson -- festivals tend to be super spreaders of this virus, therefore, it is advisable for any government to act swiftly and enforce shutdowns," he explained.

Citing the positivity rates of various districts, Dr Manjunath said the positivity rate in Dakshina Kannada has increased from 3.05 per cent to 6.04 per cent in the last fortnight and in Udupi, the positivity rate increased to over 5 per cent in the same period. "

Though we have not yet reached dangerous levels but if the state does not effectively start managing things from now onwards, certainly things will go out of control and the third wave could be even more disastrous," he said.

With the unlock, tourists and devotees have been visiting Kukke Subrahmanya, Dharmasthala, Udupi Krishna Mutt, Kollur Mookambika Temple, Mandarthi Durga Parameshwari temples and other tourist spots in Dakshina Kannada district. Many including the shopkeepers have failed to adhere to the direction of wearing masks, officials said.

Tourists to beaches in Dakshin Kannada and Udupi districts have also increased during the weekends. The number of people visiting Malpe beach has increased.

Bengaluru civic body chief commissioner, Gaurav Gupta told reporters that he would soon convening a meeting with members of various resident welfare associations and apartment residents associations to discuss and strategies to contain the spread.







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  • Raj, Karkala

    Wed, Aug 04 2021

    Unless they or their relatives Die in Footpath without Hospital Bed, people will not understand the severity of issue. People started going in-front of CM Yediyurappa's house with Ambulances as they could not get Bed in Hospital. Finally, he has to announce complete lockdown. Hopefully, people will not make same mistake in 3rd wave in Sep-Oct time.

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  • Shankar, Mangaluru

    Wed, Aug 04 2021

    Let us be very casual about it. Let us discard all the covid protocols. Let us insist the government to open up everything. Let us gather together, let us crowd the markets and let us enjoy. Anyways, later, if we are alive, we can blame Modi for not controlling the third wave!!!

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  • I which I was There, Bahrain

    Wed, Aug 04 2021

    After third wave close all the beaches, more people want get drowned, and last keep us informed about Tsunami.

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  • Bala Krishna, Mangalore

    Wed, Aug 04 2021

    Okay we will sit at home another year. The financial crisis will kill many more than your waves which you deliberately bring in by fake PCR tests

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  • RAJATESH, Bangalore

    Wed, Aug 04 2021

    Correct Sir.Lockdown is not solution.People cannot sit at home all the time.Lockdown will damage livelihood.. This covid is not get over as virus mutates all the time.Even RTPCR test will give fake positive test reports in few cases....We must learn to live with virus...

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  • Alwin, Mangaluru

    Wed, Aug 04 2021

    The positive cases increase in DK is because of politicians educational institutions and public administration deliberate failure in keeping in mind the interest of capitalism

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