Health workers collect a swab sample from a boy in Bengaluru on Wednesday.
Health workers collect a swab sample from a boy in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

Hinting almsot towards a second wave in Karnataka, its capital city Bengaluru has been witnessing a massive surge in the COVID-19 cases as on Sunday the city reported over 2,000 cases.

Just a week ago, the Jayanagar General Hospital, a government hospital in south Bengaluru, had set aside 50 beds with oxygen for Covid-19 patients, as the second wave began to hit the city. With an increase in the patients out of 100 beds, 85 to 90 are already occupied.

Dr K Sudhakar, Health and Medical Education Minister said, "Karnataka is also seeing a steep surge. In 30 days, I can see almost 10 times more than in the initial days of March. We saw only 300 cases on March 1st, 2nd and 3rd. But by the end of March we are seeing almost 3,000 cases, predominantly in Bengaluru itself."

"This is great alarm for us, and we need to upscale all our precautionary measures," he added.

The minister said that a lockdown or curfew is not needed despite rises in cases. He said, "I think that situation still does not exist in Karnataka."

"We need to inhibit, regulate certain activities for sure. Any form of congregation whether religious or political should be discouraged irrespective of caste, creed, religion, politics - because this is the only way forward," he added.

Karnataka which is listed in the top 10 states for contributing COVID-19 cases in the country today crossed mark of it's daily cases. The state on March 29 reported more than 3,000 cases which is the highest since start of 2021. With 3,082 new cases, the state's caseload has gone to 987,012, according to the health department’s bulletin on Sunday.

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