South, West zones leading list of COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru

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2020-07-1202: 06: 00

It has actually been a bitter turn-around of fortunes for Bengaluru, which has seen a huge boost in the variety of COVID-19 cases over the last couple of weeks, and Bengaluru South is contributing the most, accounting for 26% of them in the last 10 days.

According to the war room data of the BBMP, as on Friday, the city’s South zone tops the list of cases, followed by the West (25%) and the East (21%). Bommanahalli zone represent 9% of cases, Yelahanka and Rajarajeshwarinagar 6% each, Mahadevapura 5% and Dasarahalli 2%.

However, Saturday saw a modification in the order as the West represented 26% of cases and the South 25%.

In the middle of the enormous spike in cases over the last few days, 15 wards account for the greatest variety of cases in the city: Shantalanagar (East), Chamarajpet (West), Dharmarayaswamy Temple (South), Sampangiramanagar (East), Gandhinagar (West), Jayanagar (South), Chickpet (West), Pattabhiramanagar (South), Hombegowdanagar (South), Suddaguntepalya (South), Rajarajeshwarinagar (R.R. Nagar), Visveswarapuram (South), Basavanagudi (South), K.R. Market (West), and Yediyur (South).

When it comes to containment zones, the West zone has the highest number, followed by South and East zones.

Unlock vs lockdown

Back in April, when the country was under a lockdown and Bengaluru was among the cities doing exceptionally well in keeping its COVID-19 tally low, it was the East zone that had the highest number of cases, followed by the South and Mahadevapura, and Bommanahalli (data of April 3, with 46 favorable cases). By May 8, when the number of positive cases reached 167, the West zone and Bommanahalli had the highest variety of favorable cases.

By June 26, after Unlock 1.0 started and cases began seeing a fast boost, BBMP areas saw a huge jump in numbers from 386 cases as on Might 31 to 1,798 cases on June26 The war room bulletin showed that between June 1 and June 26, there were 1,412 cases. It is likewise throughout this duration that the South zone increased to the leading area with the most variety of active containment zones.

By July 1, the city’s BBMP areas had 5,290 cases, adding 4,904 cases in June alone. The South zone continued to have the highest variety of active cases, followed by the East and West zones.

‘ Population, mobility factors’

Hephsiba Rani Korlapati, BBMP War Room special officer, told.
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that the density of population, existence of markets and movement are aspects that have actually come into play in the 3 zones– South, East and West zones. “Specifically in South and East zones, there are the primary markets. At first, everything was under a lockdown. In the second fortnight of June, post unlocking, motion of people increased, so did the number of tests, both of which have contributed to the increased number of cases. There is also a direct connection to markets and movement in an unlock scenario. After the 10 to 14 days of interactions, signs started to appear,” she described.

Zonal-level monitoring

The BBMP has created zonal-level monitoring as a method to take on the spike. Ms. Korlapati said the BBMP Commissioner has ordered for the strengthening or ward and zonal workplaces and for the development of zonal command centres to have clear tracking at the zonal level to fill out any gaps and allow flow of details between the zones and the headquarters.


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