Although the number of active Covid-19 cases has been stable for the last few days, it is important to note that most of these cases are reported in Bengaluru’s tech corridor.
Story so far: While there is no cause for panic as the daily number of active cases is around 6,000, BBMP’s Covid data revealed that most of these cases are recorded in the tech corridor of the city. These areas stretch from Whitefield to Electronic City including Bellandur, Varthur, HSR Layout, Hoodi, Kadugodi, and Hagadur among others.
- Health authorities claim that this is due to the resumption of in-office work which has led to an increase in the movement of people and interaction in closed offices.
- The Chairman of the State Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) points out that the above-mentioned areas house many young adults and international travellers thereby increasing the rate of transmission of Covid.
- Another possible reason for this is that the tech corridor is in close proximity to Tamil Nadu, where a rapid increase in cases has been observed.
Population profile: A population profile carried out by health commissioner D Randeep suggests that employees of the IT sector are exhibiting a higher number of cases due to travelling and working in closed spaces. He also said that the B4 and B5 variants of Omicron spread relatively easily and result in more asymptomatic infections, thereby affecting family members as well. It was also noted that the spread of cases is even and there are rarely clusters.