Kerala's Covid surge impacts Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada district, positivity rate up over 5%
Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada bordering Kerala has witnessed a surge and with new Covid cases the positive rate is up over 5%. Out of 1,785 new cases, this district reported 337 cases and 4 deaths on Thursday. Following the surge, vigilance at checkposts has been intensified.
As Kerala is battling the Covid second wave with over 20,000 new infections and 100 Covid deaths on Thursday, the situation also has had a cascading impact on neighbouring Karnataka's Dakshina Kannada (DK) as it reported 337 new cases and 4 deaths.
The officials in DK say that the situation has been the same since last one week and taluks like Sullia, Belthangady and Mangaluru have been severely impacted.
While Sullia taluk reported 7.23% increase in positivity rate, Mangaluru reported 5.63% and Belthangady reported 5.91% Covid positivity rate.
Other two bordering districts also witness surge:
Kodagu and Udupi also witnessed a spike in cases. While Udupi reported 134 cases and Udupi reported 100 cases.
Last week, the Karnataka government announced that without the latest negative certificate, travelers from Kerala and Maharashtra will not be allowed to enter.
The state also has deployed police and other officials at checkposts in bordering districts of Kerala and Maharashtra. Bus conductors were informed not to allow any passengers who come without Covid negative certificate.
Later based on the government's directions, intense checking has been put in place at Railway stations and airport and passengers coming from these places are being checked for Covid-19 certificates.
Taking a cue from Karnataka even Tamil Nadu has imposed restrictions and sealed its borders with Kerala. Health Minister Ma Subramanian had said that those entering Tamil Nadu from Kerala must have the latest Covid negative certificate and ordered for intensifying checking at the borders.
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