8 districts of Karnataka have been identified as hotspots out of 170 hotspots districts in the country.
These are: Bangalore Urban, Mysore, Belagavi, Dakshin Kannada, Bidar, Kalaburgi, Bagalokote, Dharwad.
Belagavi has 45 (as on 24 April) COVID-19 positives with one deceased and stands third in the state.
As mentioned by Hon’ble Prime Minister Sh. Narendra Modi yesterday in his national address, Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued detailed directions to all States/UTs.
With a view to managing to COVID-19, every district of the country has been divided into:
Non-Hotspot districts with reported cases, and
Green zone districts.
The main criteria of these hotspot districts are those from which more cases are being currently reported or where the rate of growth of cases is more i.e. that doubling rate of cases is less.
Cases will be actively monitored and surveyed by special teams in the Containment Zone as per sampling criteria. In these zones, the samples will be collected and tested. In addition to this, testing for any cases of ILI (Influenza like Illness) and SARI (Severe Acute Respiratory Illness) with proper orientation of all health facilities will be undertaken for the buffer zones.
Special teams are to be setup to trace all contacts as well as conduct house to house surveys. These teams will include the health staff, local revenue staff, corporation staff, Red Cross, NSS, NYK and other volunteers.
Districts were also told to classify hospitals as:
COVID Care Centres for mild cases or very mild cases,
COVID Health Centres for clinical moderate cases requiring oxygen support and
COVID Dedicated Hospitals for severe & critical cases with ventilator support.
States & Districts have been specifically asked to focus on clinical management for positive confirmed COVID patients.
The districts which have not reported any cases yet, have also been directed to work on cluster containment plans. In order to break the chain of transmission, focus needs to be on contact tracing, monitoring and clinical management. States have been asked touniformly implement the containment plan in every district across the country.