Amid a spike in COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru, hospitals have been directed to admit only patients with moderate or severe symptoms. Mild and asymptomatic cases are to be referred to COVID-19 care centres or encouraged to stay in home isolation, the government said Saturday.
In its notification the government said: "moderately and severely ill COVID-19 patients are sometimes unable to get admission... in this context, it would be prudent to admit moderately and severely ill patients, both government and private, and encourage asymptomatic and mildly symptomatic patients to get admitted in COVID care centres or be in home isolation".
Bengaluru has seen a major spike in cases this month, with total numbers crossing 25,000 late Friday evening. Both Bengaluru Urban and Rural districts have been locked down for a week starting July 14.
On Friday Bengaluru reported 2,208 new cases. On Thursday the city reported 2,344 new cases and 1,975 on Wednesday.
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has ruled out extending the lockdown, despite requests from the Bengaluru municipal corporation to do just that. Instead, the Chief Minister has announced a slew of measures to track, test and treat COVID-19 patients, especially those above 65 years of age.