Asymptomatic COVID-19 patients will have no hospitalisation: Karnataka Medical Education Minister

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Karnataka Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar has informed that asymptomatic  COVID-19 positive patients will no longer be admitted to designated hospitals for treatment in the state.

 

According to the report, they will be admitted to Covid Care Centres, where their health situation will be monitored and treatment will be provided.

“Asymptomatic positive patients will no longer be admitted to designated hospitals for treatment in Karnataka. The State government will set up COVID Care Centres to monitor and treat asymptomatic infected persons”, said Sudhakar.

The Minister added that this decision has been taken as the number of cases are on the rise in the last two weeks and to ensure the burden on hospitals is reduced.

 “This will reduce the burden on hospitals and ensure that beds are available for those who need it,” he said.

He informed that an expert committee has been formed to advise on the type of treatment and care required for these cases in different stages. 

The BBMP Commissioner has been directed to ensure that 20,000 beds are available in COVID Care Centres in Bengaluru.

Sudhakar said that the private hospitals in the state would be roped in to treat COVID-19 patients and the government will fix rates for everything, from testing to treatment.

Stating that private hospitals should act with utmost responsibility and pro-actively participate in the fight against COVID-19, the Minister warned of strict action against hospitals that refuse to treat these patients.

Meanwhile, the State saw seven more persons succumbing to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. With this, the toll touched 94.

The seven deaths include five from Bengaluru Urban and one each from Ramanagaram and Bidar.

The day also saw 317 new cases and with this the total number of positive cases touched 7,530. 

On Tuesday, Dakshina Kannada reported 79 new cases, the highest. Kalaburagi and Ballari reported 63 and 53 cases, respectively, followed by Bengaluru Urban that saw 47 cases.
 

With inputs from media reports

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