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Covid third wave hits Karnataka, Kerala. Check new cases, curbs in these states

In the span of just 24 hours, Kerala logged 46,387 fresh cases, while 47,754 new infections were recorded from Karnataka

  • Karnataka CM said, experts have estimated that the cases may peak in the state by January end and February first week
  • Kerala health minister said both Delta and Omicron variants are contributing to the ongoing surge in daily cases

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With the Omicron surge waning in Delhi and Mumbai, it seems the third wave has hit hard the southern states including Karnataka and Kerala. Both have been witnessing a massive spike in daily cases for the last couple of days, and on Thursday, these states have reported record surge. Amid the spike, while Kerala has clamped fresh restrictions across the state today, the Karnataka government is likely to take a decision on curbs tomorrow. 

With the Omicron surge waning in Delhi and Mumbai, it seems the third wave has hit hard the southern states including Karnataka and Kerala. Both have been witnessing a massive spike in daily cases for the last couple of days, and on Thursday, these states have reported record surge. Amid the spike, while Kerala has clamped fresh restrictions across the state today, the Karnataka government is likely to take a decision on curbs tomorrow. 

In the span of just 24 hours, Kerala logged 46,387 fresh COVID cases, while 47,754 new infections were recorded from Karnataka. Centre today declared both as ‘State of Concern’.  Here is all that you need to know about the cases and COVID-induced curbs in these 2 states.

In the span of just 24 hours, Kerala logged 46,387 fresh COVID cases, while 47,754 new infections were recorded from Karnataka. Centre today declared both as ‘State of Concern’.  Here is all that you need to know about the cases and COVID-induced curbs in these 2 states.

Karnataka:

Karnataka:

Karnataka has been reporting over 40,000 infections for the last three days with Bengaluru contributing most cases. As the state reports over 47,000 cases on Thursday, the capital city logged 30,540 new Covid cases. The positivity rate stand over 18%.  

Karnataka has been reporting over 40,000 infections for the last three days with Bengaluru contributing most cases. As the state reports over 47,000 cases on Thursday, the capital city logged 30,540 new Covid cases. The positivity rate stand over 18%.  

Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai said based on the trends in different countries and states, experts have estimated that the cases may peak in the state by January end and February first week.

Earlier in the day, Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai said based on the trends in different countries and states, experts have estimated that the cases may peak in the state by January end and February first week.

Will there be lockdown?

Will there be lockdown?

The chief minister further indicated that the state government will take a decision regarding COVID-19 rules and relaxation after consulting experts on January 21.

The chief minister further indicated that the state government will take a decision regarding COVID-19 rules and relaxation after consulting experts on January 21.

However, even amid the spike, the hospitalisation rate is low, the CM assured. 

However, even amid the spike, the hospitalisation rate is low, the CM assured. 

Kerala:

Kerala:

Given the fact that Kerala was one of the worst-affected states in the pandemic, the tally of the last 24 hours is significant. During the second wave, Kerala reported 43,529 Covid cases in a day, the highest before Thursday. 

Given the fact that Kerala was one of the worst-affected states in the pandemic, the tally of the last 24 hours is significant. During the second wave, Kerala reported 43,529 Covid cases in a day, the highest before Thursday. 

Cautioning people against the rapid spread of Covid-19, Kerala health minister Veena George earlier this week notified that both Delta and Omicron coronavirus variants are contributing to the ongoing surge in daily cases.

Cautioning people against the rapid spread of Covid-19, Kerala health minister Veena George earlier this week notified that both Delta and Omicron coronavirus variants are contributing to the ongoing surge in daily cases.

What are the new COVID curbs imposed in Kerala?

What are the new COVID curbs imposed in Kerala?

Owing to the massive surge, the state government has clamped fresh restrictions to stop its spread. As per the new directive, only essential services will be allowed on the next two Sundays – January 23 and 30.

Owing to the massive surge, the state government has clamped fresh restrictions to stop its spread. As per the new directive, only essential services will be allowed on the next two Sundays – January 23 and 30.

Moreover, restrictions will be imposed at district level on the basis of the number of people admitted to hospitals. The Disaster Management Authority has been ordered to divide the districts into three groups, A, B and C. 

Moreover, restrictions will be imposed at district level on the basis of the number of people admitted to hospitals. The Disaster Management Authority has been ordered to divide the districts into three groups, A, B and C. 

  • In districts falling under group A, all social, cultural, religious, political and public events and weddings and funerals can be attended by up to 50 people.
  • No such gatherings will be allowed in the B and C category districts. In such areas, religious worship should be conducted online only and a maximum of 20 people will be allowed for weddings and funerals.
  • Movie theaters, swimming pools and gyms are not allowed to function in C category districts.

How is the third wave different from previous waves?

  • In districts falling under group A, all social, cultural, religious, political and public events and weddings and funerals can be attended by up to 50 people.
  • No such gatherings will be allowed in the B and C category districts. In such areas, religious worship should be conducted online only and a maximum of 20 people will be allowed for weddings and funerals.
  • Movie theaters, swimming pools and gyms are not allowed to function in C category districts.

How is the third wave different from previous waves?

Comparing the third wave with the earlier peaks, experts said previous waves moved from west to east, but this wave moved from metro cities to other districts. The peaks of the wave have been projected to come around different dates between the 2nd and the 4th week of January.

Comparing the third wave with the earlier peaks, experts said previous waves moved from west to east, but this wave moved from metro cities to other districts. The peaks of the wave have been projected to come around different dates between the 2nd and the 4th week of January.

(With inputs from agencies)

(With inputs from agencies)

 

 

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