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Declining COVID recovery rate a challenge for Karnataka

DECCAN CHRONICLE. | AKNISHREE KARTHIK
Published Jul 22, 2020, 12:01 pm IST
Updated Jul 22, 2020, 12:01 pm IST
Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa has ruled out lockdown as a solution to contain covid cases. (Photo of KSR railway station in Bengaluru. —Satish. B)
 Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa has ruled out lockdown as a solution to contain covid cases. (Photo of KSR railway station in Bengaluru. —Satish. B)

As the B S Yediyurappa led BJP government has chosen economic development over complete lockdown, the recovery rate in Karnataka poses a great challenge to the health department.

The recovery rate in the state isn't in the satisfactory limit and when compared to national average, it is way beyond it.

While the national recovery rate is increasing day by day, Karnataka is witnessing a decreasing trend.

In a detailed analysis of the health bulletin issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare every day, it was noticed that the recovery rate which was above 60 percent in June, by the second week of July came down to 41 percent in the state and 22 percent in Bengaluru.

By July 16, it witnessed a further dip and stood at 37.37 percent in the state and 23.54 percent in Bengaluru. By July 19, it went down and stood at 36.1 percent and by July 20 it was 35.29 percent in the state and Bengaluru's recovery rate further worsened and stood at 20.17 percent.

On Tuesday, the recovery rate in Karnataka was at 35.82 percent and Bengaluru was 21.39 percent.

Along with poor recovery rate, the death rate is also nothing to cheer about.

It was 1.76 percent by July 12, which is more than 2 percent. As per the Union health ministry the national mortality rate has come down and stood at 2.43 percent. On Tuesday, the mortality rate in Karnataka was 2.06 percent. State witnessed 61 deaths since Monday evening.

Health officials attribute the falling recovery rate and rising death rates to the spike in cases. On an average, the state has witnessed more than 4,000 cases and Bengaluru is adding nearly 2,000 fresh cases every day.

They explain that especially asymptomatic patients form a major part of the fresh cases and when they are discharged the recovery rate sees a spike.

The state has crossed 70,000 and has a total of 71,069 cases, of which 3,649 are fresh cases reported since Monday evening. Bengaluru reported 1,714 fresh cases.

While the state has 44,140 active cases, Bengaluru has 26,746 cases.

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Location: India, Karnataka, Bengaluru




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