More cases of Covid-19 were recorded from rural areas than urban in 22 districts in Karnataka between May 25 and June 8.
Rural Places In Karnataka
The highest number of cases was detected in Hassan. There were more than 10,100 cases reported in villages against 3,368 in urban accounts, according to the state Covid war room report. Meanwhile, in Tumakuru, 7,876 cases were recorded from rural areas, compared to 2,214 in urban areas.
With the increase in the number of cases in rural areas, CN Ashwath Narayana, deputy CM and head of the Covid task force said, “We have decided in meetings that no Covid patient in rural areas should be left to isolate at home. They must either be brought to Covid care centers or hospitals based on the condition. It’s a must to control the spread of the virus.”
The chairperson of the technical advisory committee, Dr. MK Sudarshan said adjusting Covid safety protocol with the literacy level in villages and rural lifestyles is challenging.
“We are equally concerned about the situation post-lockdown. Those who moved to villages will return to towns and there is a necessity to increase testing as asymptomatic carriers are likely to spread the virus further. Currently, the focus has been only on testing those with symptoms,” he said.
A matter of concern
In the past four weeks, going by the test reports, the state’s Covid war room has recognized 20 worst-hit villages. The places are Yaregowdanahalli in Mandya, Bilageri (Kodagu), Nailavagilu (Mysuru), Nandhahalli (Mandya), Agrahara (Chikkamagaluru), and Basavanadurga (Koppal).
Dr. MB Nagendrappa, Tumakuru district health officer, blamed the increase in infections in rural areas on people returning home from urban areas during the lockdown.
“Testing in rural areas has been raised. About 70% of villagers who test positive do not want to go to the restrained space of a CCC or hospital. They also oppose getting tested,” said a health official.