With over 9.5 lakh cases as on May 10, Bengaluru district has pipped Pune to become India’s Covid capital.
The IT capital always had the highest number of cases in Karnataka, but the precipitous climb to the top of the table came in the wake of a massive surge fuelled by the pandemic’s second wave. As of May10, Bengaluru Urban district had about 20,000 more cases than Pune. Incidentally, Bengaluru had 86,500 fewer cases than Pune as on April 30 and over a lakh as on March 31, indicating the spurt in the past 40 days. With 1.9 lakh fresh infections reported in the first 10 days of this month, the district added over 5.1 lakh cases since April 1. Pune added 3.9 lakh cases in the same period.
This means more than 54% of Bengaluru’s 9.5 lakh cases have been added in 40 days. Its daily-case average for the said period is12,901, while in the past 10 days, it went up to 19,451. No other district in the country has added as many cases in the said period.