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Minister wants youth to take a cue from Shravana Kumara to protect elders at home

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Bengaluru: Karnataka and Bengaluru had very less number of cases until the end of fourth phase of lockdown on May 31. As we started Unlock-1 on June 1, the cases started increasing unlike other states and cities where cases were high even during lockdown, Medical Education Minister Dr Sudhakar said.

Addressing the media persons on Friday, Sudhakar said that “there were 2313 new covid cases reported in Karnataka on Friday and 1,447 of them were found in Bengaluru. A total of 472 people are being treated in ICUs and 57 people died in last 24 hours. Audit of death cases is being carried out to reduce mortality. Government will start conducting 20,000 antigen tests for 1,000 tomorrow, Minister said.

Reverse Isloation of elderly

We need to protect our elderly at home and ensure that people above aged 60 do not step out of home. Citing the popular story of Shravana Kumara from Treta Yuga, Sudhakar said that it is an opportunity for us to serve our parents, grandparents and elderly at home. Shravana Kumara carried his blind and aged parents on his shoulders to fulfill their wish of going on piligrimage. Now we need to just ensure that our parents stay at home, Sudhakar said.

Centralised system for allocation of beds

More than 80% of the cases reported are asymptomatic and doesn’t need hospitalisation. About 2% might require ICU and ventilator. A meeting was held with managements of private hospitals on Friday and various issues including reserving beds for covid treatment, providing human resource, management of covid care centres were discussed. We will have a transparent centralised allocation system for allocation of beds and people can view real time availabilty of beds in each hopsital, Minister said.

Senior Pulmonologist Dr K S Satish appealed people not to panic and follow the precautionary measures like wearing masks, follow social distancing and washing hands with soap frequently.

Dr Satish assured people that even elderly people are getting cured within 7-10 days and there is no need to panic.

– Team Mysoorunews


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