Expert committee to submit report to Karnataka govt on possible community transmission

Minister R Ashoka told reporters that the government was looking at a tag system to make sure that people who were quarantined were staying indoors.
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With a spike in coronavirus cases in the city, Revenue Minister R Ashoka on Sunday said an expert committee advising the Karnataka government on COVID-19 related matters would soon submit its report on possible community transmission.

"...There is a committee of experts, who have had discussions with the Chief Minister. They will take three-four days to survey the entire Bengaluru after which they will give a report. Once they submit it, we will inform you," he told reporters in response to a question on whether there was community transmission.

The statement from the Minister, who is currently in-charge of COVID-19 management in the city, has come amidst media reports quoting some senior experts indicating that community transmission might have begun in some places, especially in certain parts of Bengaluru.

The number of COVID-19 cases in the state, which stood at 3,408 as of June 1, was 11,923 on Saturday with the capital city topping the districts in the infection count.

A cumulative total of 2,531 cases have been reported in Bengaluru as of Saturday evening, which includes 84 deaths and 533 discharges.

The Minister said a new tag system, "a model to the entire country," would be introduced to keep a watch on those in quarantine and to prevent people from flouting this norm.

Once the person is tagged, it would remain active for 14 days and if the individual tried to cut it, a beep sound would alert officials manning the system, he said.

This was being done following complaints that those supposed to be in quarantine were roaming outside, keeping their phones at home, Ashoka said, adding that there were even reports of people escaping from hospitals.

“It (tag system) is in the process...we are in talks with a company in this regard," he added.

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