On Thursday afternoon, an employee of the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation was tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The authorities have now begun the contact tracing of all the passengers who might have come in contact with the employee and has also assured to contain the spread of the virus.
As per the officials from the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation, the employee was soon shifted to the designated COVID-19 hospital after his test results turned positive. The official said,
“The employee had a travel history to Kalaburgi and Vijayapura and was on leave for three days before he got himself tested on the 10th of June in Bengaluru.”
The official also confirmed that the employee did not show any symptoms of fever or any other health issues. Following this, the BMTC has issued a statement that said that the workplace where the employee worked has been disinfected and sanitized as per the guidelines. The statement also said that the transport body will be taking needful measures to ensure the safety of its staff and those traveling on the buses.
The health officer in charge of the Bengaluru Urban district said that the contact tracing is underway. As per the guidelines, all the contacts will be identified, isolated, and tested.
Cases Rise In Bengaluru
On Wednesday, the state of Karnataka recorded 120 new cases of COVID-19. Among the 120 cases, the capital city of Bengaluru recorded 42 cases.
Bengaluru reported the highest number of cases on the 10th of June. Out of the 42 cases, 22 cases are people who have an influenza-like illness and has no source of infection. According to the World Health Organization, the Influenza-like illness is an illness where an individual has an acute respiratory infection along with cough and fever that lasts no more than 10 days. The global influenza surveillance monitor influenza-like illness and severe acute respiratory infections routinely.
The daily bulletin also reported 3 deaths in the state including two in the city of Bengaluru. While one patient was brought dead to the hospital, the other succumbed to the hospital. The other death was reported from Dharwad. The total death tally has reached 69 in the state with Bengaluru accounting to 21.
Source: The Indian Express