MANGALURU/UDUPI: Covid-19 graph of the two coastal districts zoomed to new alarming yet not unexpected heights with Udupi and Dakshina Kannada accounting for 53 of the 115 cases that Karnataka reported on Thursday. Udupi recorded 29 of the 53 new cases with majority of them being people who entered the district, especially Maharashtra. The case was no different in DK district with all 24 cases reported from people who came here from Mumbai.
Describing this as not worst-case scenario, S Suresh Kumar, minister for Covid-19 briefing said this situation was all but expected once the state decided to allow people from the state settled outside could return. “The situation would certainly have been a cause for concern if the positive cases, at least a majority of them were not reported from these returnees,” he said adding it has allayed a major concern that one had over community transmission.
Pankaj Pandey, commissioner, department of health and family welfare said the various testing laboratories in two coastal districts are doing their best to handle the swabs they are receiving. There are atleast six ICMR approved laboratories in the two districts and there was a delay in receiving approval for the lab in Manipal which has led to little delay in getting the samples from Udupi tested, he said, adding situation on testing front will turn around soon.
With active cases in Udupi now standing at 149 and DK at 63, Suresh Kumar said this issue figured prominently in cabinet meeting held during the day. There was a thinking not to allow any more people to come to districts that are seeing high incidence of positive cases from among those who have returned at least up to June 15. Reason for this was pressure cases are exerting on the infrastructure created to institutionally quarantine people, he said.
Amidst the gloom that galloping positive cases brought, a bright spot was the discharge of 10 patients from Dakshina Kannada district during the day. Those discharged are: P-947, P-1002, P-1003, P-1004, P-1005, P-1007, P-1010, P-1011, P-1012 and P-1014, Gayathri Nayak, deputy director, DUDC and in-charge of district bulletin said. Total number of patients discharged from the district thus far is 39 including six patients from other districts/state.
In a related development, Ishapriya Tirtha Swami, junior seer of paryaya Admar Mutt said even though state government has decided to reopen temples under muzrai department from June 1, Krishna Mutt will not be opened for devotees up to June 15. Sri Kshetra Dharmasthala and Sri Kshetra Gokarnanatha , the other two temples that draw highest number of devotees’ footfall have already announced their intent to open for devotees from June 1.