The state’s caseload is approaching 50,000 while the number of deaths is past 900. For days in a row, Karnataka has reported the third highest spike in infections and worryingly, has the second highest toll in the country.
“Only God can save us, and we have to bring in caution on our own,” he said, responding to questions about the state’s response to the pandemic. “World over, the cases are doubling indiscriminately. It (virus) does not differentiate between poor and rich or choose a community or religion. There is no class or caste difference. The cases are 100% going to increase from now.”
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He added, “…you can say it is the government’s apathy, ministers’ irresponsibility or blame the lack of coordination among ministers for the spike. But it’s not in anybody’s hands.” Sriramulu was referring to reports about differences between ministers on Covid-19 management, leading to the CM splitting up responsibilities among them. Party sources wondered if the minister was merely voicing helplessness or frustration about his role in Covid management.
Late evening, the minister, in a damage-control exercise, said his statement was to “invoke the God’s blessings”, and not out of desperation and affirmed the government’s fight against the pandemic.
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The minister’s grim prediction follows his controversial tweet from two days ago: “…everyday more than 2,000 cases of Coronavirus are coming to the fore. The number of cases will double in the next 15 to 30 days in Karnataka. The next two months are going to pose a big challenge to us.”
On Wednesday, he added that the government has taken enough measures to contain the spread of the disease and there is absolutely no dearth of funds but the situation is spiralling. “Unless we practise social distancing and wear masks, this disease cannot be weeded out. Every single individual should have complete awareness of the disease and try to break the chain,” he said.
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