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New guidelines introduced in karnatka for covid

  • calendar 29-Jun-2022
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New guidelines introduced in karnatka for covid

According to fresh Covid guidelines issued by the Karnataka, an apartment will be considered a small cluster if there are 3 to 5 cases & symptomatic residents on the floor will be subjected to Rapid Antigen Test. Amid a steady increase in Covid-19 cases, BBMP special commissioner (health) Dr KV Trilok Chandra on Tuesday said that although there was a slight increase in hospitalisation in the city, most cases were asymptomatic and hospital occupancy was restricted to the general wards. He reiterated that of the 40 samples sent for genomic sequencing, they found BA.4 and BA.5 variants to be dominant. Last week, "However, they are not translating into serious symptoms," he said, adding: "We are running 17,000 tests every day and 600 to 700 cases are being reported on average among them. There are also 40 active Covid-19 patients admitted in general wards of private hospitals, but mainly as a precautionary measure." Chandra said 10 more patients admitted in other wards are incidentally Covid-19 positive but are all mild cases. Asked why Mahadevpura reported the maximum caseload in the city, Dr Chandra said that this has been the trend since the first wave, mostly due to the large presence of national and international travellers in the locality. "The department has asked IT-BT companies to follow all necessary Covid-19 protocols. We are also creating awareness on the need for booster doses for elders and vaccination among school children," he said. Another senior health official told TOI that most IT companies in the area push employees to undergo Covid-19 tests, even if they are asymptomatic. They take the test and then are found to be positive," he said. BA.5 triggering infections Experts across the globe say BA.5 variant is increasingly becoming the reason behind the rise in hospitalisation among Covid-19 patients. Dr Giridhar Babu, who heads the lifecourse epidemiology unit at Indian Institute of Public Health Bengaluru, said in this present scenario, administering vaccine booster doses will help as the immune response generated by the primary doses wanes after a few months. "In the meantime, as evidenced by sub-lineages BA.4 and BA.5, the properties of the virus are continuously changing. I think the increase in cases will continue into July," said Dr Babu. adding that the UK data also shows that in the elderly (those aged 50 and above), protection against mortality is higher only with a booster dose. "The low coverage of booster dose is concerning and needs to be addressed on priority," he said. Referring to global observations and studies, Dr Babu also tweeted: "The fitness of BA.5 is better than BA.2, making it have greater transmissibility." He also shared a warning with supporting data: "BA.5 will be the predominant sub-lineage infecting most people all over the world." Dr Sunil Kumar DR, epidemiologist, and public health specialist, who also heads the department of community medicine at Akash Institute of Medical Sciences, agreed that both BA.5 and BA.4 have led to an increase in hospitalisations across the globe. "The number of cases and hospitalisations in India might also increase with patients showing mild symptoms.

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