Covid-19 treatment must be made free in all Karnataka hospitals, says Siddaramaiah

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Former Karnataka Chief Minister and Congress leader Siddaramaiah criticised the current state government for coronavirus treatment in private hospitals. 

 

He said that all the Covid-19 patients must be treated free of charge in all hospitals. 

"The state government has fixed rates for treating COVID-19. The current rates are shocking to the people," Siddaramaiah was quoted by news agency ANI as saying

"The state government has fixed rates for treating COVID-19. The current rates are shocking to the people," Siddaramaiah said.

"The government must promptly announce free treatment and set up a standard treatment protocol. The government should appoint a panel of experts to continuously monitor whether treatment is being properly administered and create an environment where the public is free from anxiety," Siddaramaiah added.

On Tuesday, Karnataka reported 322 fresh COVID-19 positive cases and eight deaths.
The total number of positive cases has mounted to 9,721 and 150 deaths. So far, 6,004 people have been discharged, according to the state health department data.

As the number of fresh cases and casualties linked to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic continues to increase on a daily basis in Bengaluru, Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu on Tuesday said that if the situation deteriorates further then the state government may think to impose the lockdown to mitigate the spread of the virus. 

Meanwhile, with 107 fresh cases on Tuesday, Bengaluru recorded a triple-digit surge in the Covid-19 cases for the third straight day and the death toll in the state crossed the 150-mark.

After rapid surge in COVID-19 or coronavirus cases, the BS Yediyurappa-led Karnataka government has re-imposed lockdown in the virus-hit clusters of Bengaluru from Tuesday. 

The Karnataka government on Monday announced sealing off five wards in the city as part of its revised containment policy in which an area that reports five or more cases will be sealed for 14 days.

Subsequently, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) sealed off several localities in Chamarajpet, Kalasipalya, Chickpet, VV Puram and Byatarayanapura, besides shutting down Kalasipalya market and KR Market till July 7.

 

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