Positivity rate spikes in Dakshina Kannada, adjoining districts in K'taka

Source: UNI | Published on 3rd August 2021, 6:59 PM | Coastal News |

Mangaluru: Covid-19 cases have been rising in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts for the past 15 days, raising concerns among the health authorities in both districts.

According to the statistics from the Department of Health and Family Welfare, the positivity rate in Dakshina Kannada has increased from 3.05per cent to 6.04pc. In Udupi too, the positivity rate increased to over 5pc.

From July 15 to August 1, Dakshina Kannada registered a total of 4,789 positive cases and 90 deaths. In the past five days alone, the district has recorded 1,853 positive cases and 33 deaths, government data revealed.

K Deputy Commissioner Dr Rajendra K V said that the rise in Covid-19 cases in the neighbouring Kasaragod district might be one of the reasons for an increase in cases in the district. However, people should also adhere to Covid appropriate behaviour while in public places, he added.

With the unlock, tourists and devotees have been visiting Kukke Subrahmanya, Dharmasthala, Udupi Krishna Mutt, Kollur Mookambika Temple, Mandarthi Durga Parameshwari temples and other tourist spots in undivided Dakshina Kannada district. Many have failed to adhere to the direction of wearing masks. Even shopkeepers too have failed to adhere to the directions, officials said.

Udupi Deputy Commissioner G Jagadeesha ruled that the organisers of various programmes are responsible for the rise in Covid-19 cases in the district. Despite guidelines, the rules are not followed strictly.

“People should behave responsibly by adhering to the guidelines,” he added.

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