‘Why Are Nearly 10 Per Cent Of Bengaluru’s COVID-19 Patients Missing?’ Ask Experts

‘Why Are Nearly 10 Per Cent Of Bengaluru’s COVID-19 Patients Missing?’ Ask Experts

While giving blood samples for investigation, many people in Bengaluru gave wrong mobile numbers or incorrect house addresses, so now nearly 10 per cent of the COVID positive patients amounting to over 3,000 people, are untraceable
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Highlights
  • 3,338 COVID-19 patients in Bengaluru are untraceable: Authorities
  • We need to find out what are they afraid of: Healthcare Expert
  • Recovery rate in Bengaluru stands at 25.1% VS 63.9% at all-India

New Delhi: Bengaluru is the worst-hit city in terms of coronavirus outbreak in Karnataka, with 57 per cent of the state’s 1,07,001 active cases, according to the state government data. However, 3,338 or almost 10 per cent of the COVID-19 patients in Bengaluru are untraceable, the authorities have said. While giving blood samples for investigation, many gave wrong mobile numbers or incorrect house addresses so no one knows where they are. The efforts to trace them are underway and are being led by cops with the use of technology.

Manjunath Prasad, Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner, told NDTV,

It is a very difficult situation. It has come to our notice that more than 3000 people, who we tested positive for COVID-19, gave us the wrong address and telephone numbers. It was very wrong. In many cases, mobile numbers are right but the address is wrong.

Deputy Chief Minister of Karnataka, Dr Ashwath Narayan said that we need to ensure that all people who have tested positive, are traced and treated and isolated. We have prioritised this measure, he told NDTV.

Bengaluru is leading a tough fight against COVID-19, if one goes by the recent media reports and accounts of COVID-19 patients about the dire straits of the hospitals in the city. These accounts claim a lack of beds, ventilators and ambulances in many places. Now the crisis of a large number of coronavirus positive patients having gone missing, has also come to light.

Also Read: Have To Fight COVID-19 While Maintaining A Stable Economy, Lockdown Not A Solution: Karnataka Chief Minister

The government officials have said that now they are recording address and phone numbers by verifying it using a government-issued  Identity card.

But the missing patients are concerning, as Dr Ravinder Mehta, chief of Pulmonology and Critical Care, Apollo Hospital, Bengaluru, tells NDTV,

The situation is very concerning because the basic premise of the ‘test, track and treat’ paradigm, is to try to mitigate that as much as possible. So these people, who have tested positive, are lost now. We are aware of how many patients can one corona patient infect, recently it was estimated to be 1.4-4 people, with an average of 2.5. So, on an average, each person can infect up to 2.5 people, it is very worrisome.

Dr Mehta also tried to analyse why the patients are missing, are they afraid, he asked. Dr Mehta said,

These people are missing for a reason and that’s the most important thing to note. Why are they missing, what can be done to track them and an equally important question is that what can be done to use this information to prevent further mishaps? We need to find out what are they afraid of? They clearly don’t want to be involved into circulation, they do not wish to be the part of the system. Are they worried about the BBMP’s handling of the situation? Do they not want to leave their family members? Are they isolated migrants? All these questions need to be addressed in a big way.

Also Read: Karnataka Engages Health Consortium To Provide Remote Home Isolation Monitoring Services To COVID-19 Patients

Vivek Reddy, BJP Leader from Bengaluru, told NDTV that those COVID-19 patients who were treated by BBMP, have only positive stories to share. He said,

It was during the initial stages, when many of the people we tested were not willing to reveal personal information and places of origin. I think this has to be corrected. If you look at the other side of the story, those who have actually reported their cases, and who have been home quarantined, are in constant interaction with BBMP officials. I think the state has done an admirable job, trying to navigate them through this crisis.

He further added that the patients in home quarantine are being closely monitored by BBMP doctors, Mr Reddy said,

Patients that are in home quarantine are called via telephones by the BBMP doctors who are tracking their symptoms and are going over to check on them. The patients are also being guided through an exit strategy. This is where the people who have missed this window, who are trying to get out of the system, must see that this system is not punitive, there is no ostracisation. BBMP is making every effort to ensure that they go through smoothly and navigate the situation in a proper way.

This is where citizens must understand that giving wrong numbers and addresses is not the way to move forward, Mr Reddy said.

The primary aim to meet your health needs and that’s what we are trying to ensure. That is our top priority in this pandemic, he added.

Also Read: Karnataka Medical Education Minister Asks Zonal Officers To Follow Strategic Plan For COVID-19

Adding to Mr Reddy’s points, Dr Mehta said that the patients who have had a good experience with BBMP, should come forward and talk publicly about their experience. This will encourage those who are missing, he explained,

This will help those who have disappeared, to be encouraged and come back in the system. Furthermore, maybe things like putting a clarion-call of a non-threatening nature, requesting them to come back, may help in the tracing of these patients. We should convey the message that we want to treat you, not only for you, but also for the good of the society; this may help bring people back in.

Dr Mehta also said that those, who have crossed more than 14 days, need not be tracked as they have already crossed isolation period. However, in the future, it is very important to put proper measures in place, to ensure any gap, such as this, is not repeated.

The situation in Bengaluru is getting worse by the day, as the government data suggests. The recovery rate in Bengaluru stands at 25.1 per cent, which is way below the national average of 63.9 per cent, and even Karnataka’s recovery rate of 37.3 per cent. The government data also suggests that Karnataka reported almost 5,000 cases in the last 4 days, the majority of which were from Bengaluru, while 48 per cent of COVID-19 deaths in the state are recorded from Bengaluru. As mentioned earlier more than half of, 57 per cent of Karnataka’s active cases are in Bengaluru.

Also Read: Strict Precautions Are Needed To Control COVID-19 In Bengaluru: Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai

When asked about his opinion on the crisis that is building up in Bengaluru, Dr Mehta said that recovery rate is a question of multiple things, he explained,

Recovery rate depends upon many factors. Firstly, how far has been your testing and what is the breakdown of cases in mild-asymptomatic. If there are many mild and asymptomatic cases, the recovery rate will be much larger. But if testing is limited to severe symptoms, the recovery rate will be low, because they are taking time to recover and are still in the hospital. As the testing is increased and you catch the lowest steps of the ladder, you will see a better recovery rate.

Dr Mehta said that the second factor that plays an important role in improving the recovery rate is undoubtedly the healthcare. He said,

What is happening in healthcare and is healthcare able to handle the cases also plays a major role in the recoveries. The moderates and severe patients will get the most out of efficient healthcare, and this will impact the recovery rate statistics.

Dr Mehta concluded by saying that in order to ensure Bengaluru overcomes the COVID-19 crisis, a lot that can be and needs to be done to improve healthcare and testing.

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World

1,93,68,405Cases
69,15,765Active
1,17,31,633Recovered
7,21,007Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 188 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 1,93,68,405 and 7,21,007 have died; 69,15,765 are active cases and 1,17,31,633 have recovered as on August 8, 2020 at 4:12 am.

India

20,88,611 61537Cases
6,19,088 11704Active
14,27,005 48900Recovered
42,518 933Deaths
In India, there are 20,88,611 confirmed cases including 42,518 deaths. The number of active cases is 6,19,088 and 14,27,005 have recovered as on August 8, 2020 at 2:30 am.

State & District Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
DistrictCases
Akola757
Aurangabad1974
Dhule228
Jalgaon1039
Mumbai45478
Mumbai Suburban5363
Nagpur692
Nashik1575
Palghar1421
Pune9920
Satara629
Solapur1291
Thane13660
Yavatmal150
Ahmednagar190
Amravati291
Beed54
Bhandara41
Buldhana88
Chandrapur32
Hingoli208
Jalna201
Kolhapur646
Latur139
Nanded176
Nandurbar42
Parbhani78
Raigad1462
Ratnagiri350
Sangli145
Gadchiroli42
gondia69
Osmanabad125
Sindhudurg114
Wardha11
Washim13

490262 10483

145889

327281 10906

17092 300

DistrictCases
Chittoor319
Guntur511
Krishna557
Kurnool795
Sri Potti Sriramulu Nell*296
Anantapur428
East Godavari356
Prakasam104
Srikakulam183
Visakhapatnam103
West Godavari199
Y.S.R.205
Vizianagaram23

206960 10171

84654 2488

120464 7594

1842 89

DistrictCases
Bengaluru Rural40
Bengaluru Urban529
Mysuru107
Bagalkote103
Ballari60
Belagavi337
Bidar219
Chikkaballapura149
Dakshina Kannada179
Dharwad61
Gadag45
Kalaburagi669
Mandya346
Tumakuru36
Uttara Kannada95
Vijayapura201
Chamarajanagara0
Chikkamagaluru19
Chitradurga14
Davangere204
Hassan205
Haveri24
Kodagu4
Kolar29
Koppal5
Raichur369
Ramanagara3
Shivamogga67
Udupi1176
Yadgir538

164924 6670

77694 2618

84232 3951

2998 101

DistrictCases
North Goa57
South Goa69

7947 333

2282 187

5595 142

70 4

DistrictCases
Chengalpattu1314
Chennai23324
Kanchipuram503
Madurai322
Namakkal83
Ranipet133
Thanjavur130
Thiruvallur774
Thiruvarur67
Tiruppur116
Vellore71
Virudhunagar185
Ariyalur444
Coimbatore188
Cuddalore477
Dharmapuri15
Dindigul175
Erode75
Kallakurichi324
Kanniyakumari110
Karur88
Nagapattinam99
Perambalur133
Pudukkottai53
Ramanathapuram119
Salem258
Sivaganga46
Tenkasi103
The Nilgiris17
Theni129
Tiruchirappalli119
Tirunelveli433
Tirupathur45
Tiruvannamalai496
Tuticorin333
Villupuram509
Krishnagiri43

285024 5880

52759

227575 6488

4690 119

DistrictCases
Kannur357
Kottayam73
Alappuzha76
Idukki40
Kasaragod333
Kollam118
Kozhikode90
Malappuram119
Palakkad224
Pathanamthitta98
Thiruvananthapuram104
Thrissur106
Ernakulam60
Wayanad36

31700 1251

12451 432

19147 814

102 5

DistrictCases
Raipur46
Korba100
Balod41
Baloda Bazar85
Balrampur17
Bastar2
Bemetara21
Bijapur2
Bilaspur100
Dantewada0
Dhamtari6
Durg31
Gariyaband10
Janjgir-Champa56
Jashpur77
Kabirdham52
Kanker19
Kondagaon0
Korea39
Mahasamund54
Mungeli87
Narayanpur0
Raigarh47
Rajnandgaon52
Sukma0
Surajpur9
Surguja14

11408 476

3002 235

8319 231

87 10

DistrictCases
Hyderabad2475
MedchalMalkajgiri75
Ranga Reddy183
Suryapet87
Vikarabad40
Warangal Urban32
Adilabad22
Jagitial77
Jangoan8
Jayashankar Bhupalapally9
Jogulamba Gadwal40
Kamareddy11
Karimnagar17
Khammam26
Kumuram Bheem Asifabad8
Mahabubnagar30
Mancherial43
Medak11
Nalgonda33
Narayanpet3
Nirmal21
Nizamabad76
RajannaSircilla16
Sangareddy26
Bhadradri Kothagudem5
Mahabubabad10
Mulugu3
Nagarkurnool8
Peddapalli5
Siddipet7
Wanaparthy1
Warangal Rural4
YadadriBhuvanagiri40

77513 2256

22568 1151

54330 1091

615 14

DistrictCases
Baleshwar190
Bhadrak137
Jajapur322
Dhenkanal36
Kalahandi33
Kendrapara164
Khordha238
Koraput16
Sundargarh102
Anugul26
Balangir129
Bargarh16
Boudh34
Cuttack155
Deogarh33
Gajapati61
Ganjam581
Jagatsinghapur91
Jharsuguda8
Kandhamal28
Kendujhar34
Malkangiri20
Mayurbhanj73
Nabarangpur2
Nayagarh86
Nuapada69
Puri103
Rayagada2
Sambalpur16
Sonepur29

42550 1833

13605 11

28698 1810

247 12

DistrictCases
Barwani60
Bhopal1880
Dewas140
Dhar132
East Nimar266
Gwalior211
Indore3839
Jabalpur276
Ujjain799
Agar Malwa15
Alirajpur3
Betul35
Burhanpur351
Chhindwara16
Dindori29
Harda4
Hoshangabad37
Khargone196
Mandsaur112
Morena109
Raisen71
Ratlam51
Sagar228
Shajapur39
Shandol14
Sheopur26
Tikamgarh18
Vidisha37
Anuppur22
Ashoknagar13
Balaghat9
Bhind87
Chhatarpur35
Damoh26
Datia12
Guna8
Jhabua14
Katni3
Mandla15
Narsinghpur17
Neemuch319
Niwari0
Panna20
Rajgarh31
Rewa39
Satna24
Sehore12
Seoni2
Shivpuri15
Sidhi17
Singrauli13
Umaria10

37298 734

8715

27621 719

962 16

DistrictCases
Ahmadabad17125
Anand107
Arvalli134
Banas Kantha147
Bhavnagar146
Gandhinagar410
PanchMahals107
Surat2311
Vadodara1555
Bharuch56
Botad55
Chhotaudepur37
Dang5
Dohad43
GirSomnath45
Jamnagar63
Kachchh99
Kheda98
Mahesana159
Mahisagar125
Narmada25
Naysari35
Patan105
Rajkot135
SabarKantha101
Surendranagar55
Tapi6
Valsad47
Amreli16
DevbhumiDwarka22
Junagadh31
Morbi4
Porbandar11

68768 1069

14443

51720 1370

2605 22

DistrictCases
Ajmer379
Banswara91
Bharatpur563
Jaipur2177
Jhalawar329
Jodhpur1748
Kota503
Nagaur500
Alwar90
Barmer34
Bhilwara250
Bikaner112
Chittorgarh188
Churu81
Dausa61
Dholpur60
Dungarpur374
Hanumangarh31
Jaisalmer53
Jhunjhunu64
Karauli17
Pali352
Rajsamand140
SawaiMadhopur26
Sikar231
Tonk171
Udaipur724
Baran59
Bundi5
Ganganagar8
Jalore164
Pratapgarh14
Sirohi130

50157 1161

13195 87

36195 1064

767 10

DistrictCases
Faridabad867
Sonipat404
Ambala93
Bhiwani60
CharkiDadri43
Fatehabad38
Gurugram2950
Hisar98
Jhajjar114
Jind38
Kaithal48
Karnal104
Kurukshetra55
Nuh68
Palwal120
Panchkula39
Panipat78
Rohtak145
Sirsa50
Yamunanagar19
Mahendragarh47
Rewari56

40054 751

6143

33444 804

467 9

DistrictCases
Agra933
Aligarh215
Amroha80
Bareilly17
Bijnor157
Bulandshahr166
Firozabad190
Gautam Buddha Nagar1119
Kanpur Nagar286
Lucknow386
Mathura129
Meerut504
Moradabad252
Muzaffarnagar117
Rae Bareli78
Rampur203
Saharanpur298
Sant Kabeer Nagar132
Varanasi243
Auraiya37
Ayodhya120
Azamgarh138
Baghpat68
Bahraich73
Balrampur49
Banda27
Basti214
Bhadohi60
Budaun23
Etah52
Etawah46
Ghaziabad794
Ghazipur159
Gonda59
Gorakhpur166
Hapur225
Hardoi49
Jalaun41
Jaunpur194
Jhansi41
Kannauj69
Kasganj16
Kaushambi6
Mainpuri46
Mau48
Mirzapur22
Pilibhit15
Pratapgarh15
Prayagraj30
Sambhal116
Shamli40
Shravasti23
Sitapur32
Sultanpur97
Unnao42
Ambedkar Nagar92
Amethi206
Ballia60
Barabanki168
Chandauli38
Chitrakoot4
Deoria143
Farrukhabad36
Fatehpur3
Hamirpur3
Hathras43
Kanpur Dehat4
Kheri72
Kushi Nagar67
Lalitpur3
Maharajganj85
Mahoba3
Shahjahanpur25
Siddharth Nagar159
Sonbhadra10

113378 4404

44563 909

66834 3432

1981 63

DistrictCases
Central4817
East2472
New Delhi3405
North3059
North East1914
North West5463
Shahdara1580
South2329
South East2446
South West2391
West4768

142723 1192

10409 61

128232 1108

4082 23

DistrictCases
Dhubri30
Goalpara19
Marigaon50
Baksa14
Barpeta28
Biswanath16
Bongaigaon12
Cachar80
Charaideo29
Chirang6
Darrang20
Dhemaji47
Dibrugarh61
Dima Hasao86
Golaghat203
Hailakandi57
Hojai89
Jorhat24
Kamrup42
Kamrup Metro276
KarbiAnglong13
Karimganj85
Kokrajhar37
Lakhimpur57
Majuli2
Nagaon143
Nalbari23
Sivasagar20
Sonitpur27
South SalmaraMancachar4
Tinsukia84
Udalguri28
West KarbiAnglong5

55496 2679

16555 1088

38809 1585

132 6

DistrictCases
East District3
North District0
South District3
West District0

854 25

447

406 53

1

DistrictCases
Buxar134
Gaya115
Munger188
Patna279
Rohtas256
Arwal52
Aurangabad75
Banka134
Begusarai243
Bhagalpur266
Bhojpur103
Darbhanga143
Gopalganj123
Jehanabad178
Kaimur (bhabua)105
Lakhisarai72
Madhepura82
Madhubani199
Nalanda123
Nawada122
PurbiChamparan138
Purnia135
Saran101
Siwan139
Vaishali87
Araria68
Jamui47
Katihar175
Khagaria253
Kishanganj75
Muzaffarpur96
Pashchim Champaran57
Saharsa88
Samastipur139
Sheikhpura118
Sheohar20
Sitamarhi73
Supaul87

71304 3516

26453 2565

44482 945

369 6

DistrictCases
24 Paraganas North1031
24 Paraganas South281
Darjeeling97
Howrah1435
Jalpaiguri88
Kalimpong18
Kolkata2777
Maldah235
Medinipur East153
Medinipur West159
Hooghly604
Murshidabad125
Nadia139
Paschim Bardhaman70
Purba Bardhaman130
Alipurduar39
Bankura116
Birbhum206
Coochbehar210
Dinajpur Dakshin50
Dinajpur Uttar216
Jhargram9
Purulia66

89666 2912

24652 823

63060 2037

1954 52

DistrictCases
South Andamans33
Nicobars1
North And Middle Andaman1

1222 99

778 26

425 70

19 3

DistrictCases
Pondicherry111
Karaikal2
Mahe4
Yanam0

4862 241

1873 130

2914 106

75 5

DistrictCases
Anjaw0
Changlang31
Dibang Valley0
East Kameng0
East Siang1
Kamle0
KraDaadi0
KurungKumey0
Leparada0
Lohit3
Longding0
Lower Dibang Valley0
Lower Siang0
Lower Subansiri0
Namsai2
PakkeKessang1
Papum Pare8
Shi Yomi0
Siang0
Tawang1
Tirap0
Upper Siang1
Upper Subansiri0
West Kameng0
West Siang1

2049 101

720 20

1326 81

3

DistrictCases
Dimapur20
Kiphire3
Kohima7
Longleng0
Mokokchung0
Mon8
Peren2
Phek1
Tuensang3
Wokha0
Zunheboto0

2657 77

1826 71

824 5

7 1

DistrictCases
Dadra And Nagar Haveli20

1437 46

421 5

1014 41

2

DistrictCases
Ranchi148
Bokaro16
Deoghar5
Dhanbad32
Garhwa80
Giridih19
Hazaribagh110
Jamtara2
Koderma58
Simdega48
Chatra1
Dumka5
East Singhbum170
Godda2
Gumla28
Khunti10
Latehar14
Lohardaga8
Pakur4
Palamu27
Ramgarh75
Sahebganj0
SaraikelaKharsawan20
West Singhbhum21

16465 709

8923

7391 797

151 6

DistrictCases
Gomati74
North Tripura14
Dhalai196
Khowai24
Sepahijala174
South Tripura53
Unakoti49
West Tripura45

5999 146

1878

4084 224

37 1

DistrictCases
Kargil77
LehLadakh43

1614 19

411

1194 17

9 2

DistrictCases
Anantnag395
Bandipora175
Shopian255
Srinagar300
Baramulla271
Budgam110
Ganderbal37
Jammu138
Kathua53
Kulgam295
Kupwara231
Rajouri39
Ramban151
Reasi26
Samba25
Udhampur155
Mirpur0
Muzaffarabad0
Doda27
Kishtwar10
Poonch35
Pulwama108

23927 473

7260

16218 510

449 13

DistrictCases
Chamba29
Hamirpur117
Kangra105
Sirmaur11
Solan32
Una41
Bilaspur21
Kinnaur2
Kullu4
Lahaul And Spiti0
Mandi21
Shimla10

3150 103

1182 14

1954 89

14

DistrictCases
Jalandhar297
Ludhiana293
Patiala132
Amritsar485
Barnala25
Faridkot74
Firozepur50
Gurdaspur154
Hoshiarpur140
Kapurthala44
Mansa31
Moga65
Pathankot86
S.A.S Nagar137
Sangrur107
Shahid Bhagat Singh Nagar (Nawanshahr)99
Sri Muktsar Sahib71
Tarn Taran163
Bathinda60
Fatehgarh Sahib57
Fazilka53
Rupnagar (Ropar)74

21930 1039

7351 636

14040 381

539 22

DistrictCases
Haridwar94
Dehradun370
Nainital323
Almora71
Bageshwar31
Chamoli36
Champawat45
PauriGarhwal36
Pithoragarh43
Rudraprayag30
Tehri Garhwal110
Udam Singh Nagar83
Uttar Kashi24

8901 349

3058 31

5731 304

112 14

DistrictCases
Bishnupur7
Chandel5
Churachandpur32
Imphal East10
Imphal West21
Jiribam3
Kakching2
Kamjong5
Kangpokpi26
Noney1
Pherzawl3
Senapati6
Tamenglong2
Tengnoupal9
Thoubal18
Ukhrul4

3466 249

1530 226

1926 21

10 2

DistrictCases
Chandigarh313

1374 47

531 1

820 43

23 3

DistrictCases
East Khasi Hills22
East Garo Hills0
East Jaintia Hills0
North Garo Hills1
Ribhoi0
South Garo Hills0
South West Garo Hills4
South West Khasi Hills0
West Garo Hills5
West Jaintia Hills1
West Khasi Hills1

1006 16

590

411 66

5

DistrictCases
Aizawl10
Champhai0
Hnahthial0
Khawzawl0
Kolasib11
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