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Bengaluru civic body forms 800 teams to identify citizens with influenza symptoms

Anil Urs Bengaluru | Updated on June 11, 2020 Published on June 11, 2020

A deserted view of a hyper market at Mantri Mall in Bengaluru.   -  Somashekar GRN

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Bengaluru’s civic body, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), has constituted 800 teams to identify people with Influenza Like Illness (ILI) symptoms and to arrange for treatment.

“The job of team members is to visit every house in the BBMP limits. This requires co-operation of the citizens to identify the coronavirus-affected persons. This will enable us in treating them at initial stages,” said K Sudhakar, Karnataka’s Medical Education Minister.

Sudhakhar explained that most of the people come to hospitals in serious conditions and it may not be possible to give them effective treatment. If somebody has ILI symptoms, it would be advisable for them to rush to the nearest fever testing centres for treatment. The people above 60 years of age and having ILI symptoms must be taken to such centres without any delay. “There is a proposal to convert the big stadiums in the city as quarantine centers”, he added.

Replying to a question, Sudhakar said in the wake of an increase in the number of non-Covid patients, it had been decided to open up the hospitals for treatment of such patients. The government-run Bowring Hospital would be opened for treatment of non-Corona cases, he noted.

New cases

On Thursday, the State reported 204 new cases taking the total tally to 6,245. A total of 114 poeple were discharged on Thursday. Three patients died taking the total death toll to 74 (2 non-Covid-19 cause).

Of the 204 new cases reported in the State, 157 cases had inter-State travel history to Maharastra, Tamil Nadu, and Rajasthan.

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Published on June 11, 2020
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