Karnataka Covid Wrap: State logs 562 new cases, active tally at 3,387

On Saturday, the health ministry said Karnataka had registered 562 new cases of COVID-19, of which 545 were registered in Bengaluru alone. The positivity rate for today was 2.07 percent.

The total number of active Covid-19 cases in Karnataka has reached 3,387, with 3,263 in the capital, Bengaluru. Sources said the government has ramped up testing following the increase in the number of cases in the past week. A total of 27,123 people in the state were tested for infectious diseases on Saturday.

Health Minister K Sudhakar said the state government administered 11 crores of vaccine (5.45 crores first dose, 5.25 crores second dose, 26.41 thousand precautionary doses). “In total, 2,390 vaccination centers including 2,251 government and 139 private are part of the vaccination campaign,” he said.

The government is stepping up measures to prevent vector-borne diseases

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Health Commissioner Randeep D on June 10 issued directives to Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), health officials and control officers in the district to ensure the availability of necessary medicines and logistics such as killing adults and larvicides at all levels, up to the village level, such as a precautionary measure to treat those infected with vector-borne diseases.

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“In light of the current transmission season for vector-borne diseases, it is necessary to intensify vector control measures. The monsoon season supports the widespread spread of Aedes mosquitoes, vectors of dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus. Effective solid waste disposal should be emphasized to prevent Aedes breeding in semi-situations. The health commissioner said all government and private office buildings including commercial establishments should be checked for Aedes breeding.

Officials were instructed to collect serum samples from suspected dengue cases within five days of the date of fever onset for the NS1 Antigen-ELISA (enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay) test. Positive samples should then be sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV), Bengaluru for serotyping of Dengue Virus (DENV).

“Intensification of Information, Education and Communication (IEC) activities, especially Interpersonal Communication (IPC) even at the village level. To conduct cross-sectoral collaboration meetings with relevant departments like Urban Development, Rural Development, Education, Industry, Panchayati Raj, Municipal Corporations etc., Emphasizing its role in the prevention and control of vector-borne diseases.

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