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Take pandemic seriously till May end, says Karnataka health minister K Sudhakar | Bengaluru News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The government has warned people to strictly follow Covid-19 appropriate behaviour till the end of May, even as the state’s daily Covid-19 caseload crossed the 5,000-mark for the first time in 133 days.
Health minister K Sudhakar on Monday said as per an estimate of the technical advisory committee, the surge in fresh cases could continue till the end of May and the pandemic needs to be taken “seriously”. “We need to contain the second wave and save lives. Public cooperation is paramount for this,” Sudhakar said.
Bengaluru alone logged 3,728 cases on Monday. The last time the state saw 5,000-plus cases in a single day was on October 23, 2020, when 5,356 people tested positive.
Sudhakar said the state could face a shortage of beds if cases increase drastically. “We have collected information regarding availability of beds in government hospitals,” he said. “We have also initiated talks with private hospitals to reserve beds to treat Covid patients.”
The minister said all necessary measures were being taken to ensure sufficient supply of vaccines in the state and insisted there is no shortage. “The state has received 15 lakh additional doses of the Covid vaccine in two consignments – one to Bengaluru and other to Belagavi,” he said.
The minister also cited Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent interaction with ministers in eight states where he asked the states to take stringent measures. “Maharashtra has imposed tougher measures,” Sudhakar said. “Let us not push ourselves to such a situation where tougher measures become inevitable. We should not underestimate the scale and speed with which the infection is spreading.”
He said: “As per experts’ opinion there is a possibility of more than 6,500 cases per day in Bengaluru alone. If we do not contain the spread, we will see a further surge in cases. If a situation arises, the CM is willing to take the suggestions of opposition parties as well.”
The minister said the number of Covid beds in Victoria and Bowring hospitals will be increased. “There is a need to increase the percentage of beds reserved in private hospitals for Covid treatment from the existing 20%,” he said.

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