Here's why this district in Bengaluru has recorded a surge in corona cases

Cases of corona have been surging daily. Bengaluru’s Mahadevapura, which had several COVID-19 cases in the city compared to other areas, has observed a huge surge in cases over the last one month. In the last 10 days alone, Mahadevapura reported a relatively higher number of cases compared to the rest of the zones in the city and the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike officials say, that the cases began increasing as the testing increased. But they also say that it could be due to several reasons they have observed as a trend in the ward, but cannot conclusively determine the reason for the spike. 

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On Sunday, Mahadevapura ward recorded 466 COVID-19 cases. In the last 10 days, there were 6,440 cases reported in the Mahadevapura. This means that 16% of the 40,178 patients in Bengaluru, who contracted the coronavirus during this period were from Mahadevapura zone.  “Ward number 150, Bellandur, which has been reporting more than 100 cases per day over the last 10 days, is also an area in Mahadevapura where the cases have increased,” said Bellandur corporator A Asha. 

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She stated that the cases in Mahadevapura, particularly in Bellandur, began increasing after private hospitals began treating COVID-19 patients.  “In the ward where there are more than 100 cases per day, it is because the ambulance drivers, the housekeeping staff at private hospitals, nurses and the support staff for COVID-19 cases are testing positive. This is one of the reasons for the increasing number of cases,” A Asha said.  Another reason, she said, is that the Quarantine Watch squad have been coming across people violating home isolation and stepping outside their homes even after testing positive for the virus. 

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