Covid 19 -The southern States tighten Restrictions to curb viral transmission.
The states in South India became those parts of India that recorded the maximum number of SARS CoV-2 (commonly known as Covid 19) cases in the second phase. They registered a fresh spike in the cases with Karnataka occupying the second among all the states.
Maharashtra, though has been reporting a dwindling number of cases, continued to be the leader of the table in the country.
Though the Southern States had reported a decline in the past weeks, they also witnessed a surge in fresh cases in the last few days.
Karnataka leads the region with fresh cases reported at 44,438 and 239 related deaths on Monday, taking the total caseload to 16.46 lakh and fatalities to 16,250 since the Covid 19pandemic hit the country last year.
Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh logged the next highest after Karnataka. Fresh cases were recorded in Telangana and Kerala and Puducherry, which also saw some disturbing trends within their own aggregate cases recorded so far.
Andhra Pradesh hit the 20,000 marks for the first time. As per the latest information, the state reported 83 fatalities and 11,411 recoveries in the last 24 hours.
Tamil Nadu also saw a surge in fresh infections of the novel Corona infection touched 20,952 people testing positive on Monday. This took the tally in the State since the pandemic hit the country to 12, 28,064. The State recorded 122 deaths, including 38 in Chennai, on Monday.
Telangana, Kerala, and Puducherry, the low-scoring states among their cousins in the southern region also saw the incidence of Covid 19 cases increasing.
Telangana on Monday recorded 5,695 new cases and 46 deaths. The case positivity rate for the state stood at 10.75 percent. With the new cases, the cumulative cases in the state have risen to 4, 56,485 while the death toll now stands at 2,417. As many as 6,206 patients recovered on Monday taking the cumulative recoveries in the state so far to 3, 73,933.
Kerala added 26,011 new COVID-19 cases to its tally on Monday, when 96,296 samples were tested in the past 24 hours. The state’s overall tally so far stood at 16, 64,790 who were affected by the novel coronavirus. Of this 13,13,109 have been reported to have recovered, while 5451 patients are reported to succumbed to the disease.
Puducherry: The COVID-19 death toll in the Union Territory rose to 848 with 15 more deaths reported in the last 24 hours even as 799 new cases were added to the case tally onMay 3.
Meanwhile, the southern states intensified their containment measures to combat Covid 19 by imposing fresh restrictions on movements of people to break the chain of transmission of the viral infection. The authorities have banned all social and public gatherings, except for permitted events, such as weddings and funerals.
The state authorities have allowed only emergency and essential activities, as well as cargo transit, and permitted industries, are allowed during curfews. However, transport and delivery services may be limited to essential purposes.
Among the notable decisions by few states, Karnataka Government reconstituted the Covid-19 task force. The Chief Minister, Mr. B. S. Yeddyurappa on Monday announced the decision, according to which the Deputy Chief Minister, Dr. Ashwath Narayan will head a four-member body.
The Task Force has been authorized to review the Covid 19 containment and management measures, besides creating awareness among citizens. The task force has been reconstituted after it was first set up in March 2020. Bengaluru police has also embarked on curbing violations of Covid-appropriate behavior among people by stepping up patrolling to ensure strict implementation of the new restrictions and guidelines imposed by the Karnataka government.
Meanwhile, the Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes Association (PHANA) has launched a portal ‘Search My Bed’ to provide real-time information on the availability of beds in private hospitals.
The portal will provide the number of Covid patients admitted to private hospitals under private quota, bed availability, contact number, and information of hospitals. The data will be uploaded in real-time,” said Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagar Palike (BBMP).
Early last month the Karnataka government had asked the private hospitals to allot 50 percent of their bed capacity to coronavirus patients.
Tamil Nadu in its latest order on Monday announced fresh restrictions with effect from May 6 to 20. It said all government and private offices would be allowed to function with a maximum of 50 per cent employees while restriction has been imposed on travel on rail and government and private buses, on metro trains and on taxis to only 50 percent of their respective capacities.
The measures were similar to other states such as allowing E-commerce activities like swiggy and Zomato to take orders from restaurants but with a restricted time schedule between 6 to 10 in the mornings, 12 noon to 3 pm, and evening 6 to 9 pm at night.
Andhra Pradesh imposed a 14-day partial lockdown across the state starting May 5. It has also resorted to a partial lockdown. This will be in addition to partial curfew from noon to 6 am across the state.
Kerala has decided to impose stringent curbs for six days, starting Tuesday (today). With cases increasing exponentially, the government felt that the need to strengthen further restrictions has assumed importance such as the weekend lockdown on Saturdays and Sundays Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan has said. Film shooting in the state will be affected as the government has ordered the cancellation of the indoor and outdoor shooting of television serials and documentaries.
Puducherry government extended the order on restrictions till May 10. Like in other states, the Union Territory has also imposed night curfew, restrictions in place on opening of shops, commercial establishments, and social gatherings for events that would continue up to May 10.
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