India recorded 62,714 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours in its biggest one-day surge in nearly five months. The fresh infections have taken the total Covid tally in the country to 1.19 crore.
In this episode, Bengaluru city is witnessing a sudden surge in the novel coronavirus cases among children aged below 10 years. As per media reports, 472 kids under 10 have been tested positive this month and the total number of infections is expected to cross 500 over the weekend.
According to a report in TOI, out of the total patients, 244 are boys while 228 are girls.
The report also say that families in general are moving a lot more which has increased the risk of transmission. Reacting to the increase in the cases among children, Karnataka’s technical advisory committee on Covid-19 reportedly said that he was not surprised by the increasing infections.
The committee member said that during functions like wedding, children become part of the crowd and therefore they are exposed to the deadly infection.
While there were 8-11 cases among children in the first week of March, it has surged to 32-46 per day in the past week.
Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Saturday said, “It is clear that the second wave has begun. So if we don’t curb activities the danger is imminent.” The minister urged the people to compulsorily wear masks and follow social distancing. The state’s positivity rate of 1.6 per cent is more than the national average which is not a good sign, he said.
Meanwhile, the state has reported 2,886 new cases of COVID-19 and eight related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 9,83,930 and the death toll to 12,492, the Health department said on Saturday.