Bengaluru reported 1,674 positive cases between July 13 and 16 but witnessed 127 hospital admissions during the period. While the number of cases daily ranged between 400 and 462, the proportion of hospital admissions, however, increased.
While Bengaluru reported 401 Covid-19 cases and saw 22 hospital admissions on July 13, there were 411 cases and 46 hospital admissions on July 16. While a serosurvey and genomic sequencing of samples in Bengaluru was approved last week, health department officials say it should have been commissioned much earlier to understand the pattern of the spread. A source in the health department said that the technical committee had insisted on genomic sequencing while the second wave was raging, but a decision on it was delayed.
Health experts say the increase in hospital admissions might be small, but it could also portend what the future holds.
Dr Anoop Amarnath, geriatrician and member of the state’s Covid-19 critical care support group, said the phenomenon is not restricted only to Bengaluru; some districts in the state are also witnessing a similar trend.
“We are indeed seeing a small spurt in the number of hospitalisations and this also may be due to the marginal increase in the number of cases. Also, there may be contributions of the Delta variant that needs further corroboration with genomic data,” Dr Amarnath said.
Dr Amarnath said appropriate Covid-19 behaviour will be a key factor as the easing of the lockdown has led to an increase in Covid-19 cases. “The severity of most cases is mild to moderate in terms of intensity of infection,” he added. Dr HM Prasanna, president, Private Hospitals and Nursing Homes’ Association (PHANA), confirmed data from private hospitals shows an increase in the number of patients being admitted. And while the data is being studied, they are as yet unable to ascertain the reason since genomic data is unavailable, he added.
Randeep D, BBMP special commissioner (health), confirmed that there has been a slight increase in the number of hospital admissions. He told TOI about 120 samples had been sent for genome sequencing and 60 of them were processed. It was found that 90% of these samples carried the Delta variant.
“Two Delta Plus variant cases have also been reported from Bengaluru,” he said. “We are trying to analyse the data on patients admitted in hospitals to find out if they are from a particular age category, if they were vaccinated, whether they are cases of reinfection and other details,” he said.
He said BBMP health officials will meet with PHANA to discuss the issue and understand their perspective