The Karnataka authorities has stepped up COVID-19 precautionary measures within the state amid an increase in circumstances and worries over new pressure ‘Omicron’. Screening of worldwide passengers on the airports shall be intensified and RT-PCR exams will now be necessary for guests from Maharashtra and Kerala.
The authorities has additionally determined to make second dose necessary obligatory for these working in authorities places of work, malls, lodges, cinema halls, zoos, swimming swimming pools and libraries, state Revenue Minister R Ashok stated after a high-level assembly chaired by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. “The meeting decided to impose a temporary ban on cultural programmes in schools and colleges,” he added.
The ‘Omicron’ variant, which scientists say has a excessive variety of mutations, was first detected in South Africa final week. A World Health Organisation (WHO) panel has categorised it as a extremely transmissible variant of concern, the identical class that features the Delta variant.
Two South African passengers who arrived in Bengaluru on November 20 examined optimistic for the coronavirus. The samples of each of them had been despatched for genome sequencing ,which confirmed they’re contaminated by Delta Variant, stated a prime official.
The state authorities additionally stated the scholars from Kerala who have gotten a damaging RT-PCR take a look at report must get a second take a look at accomplished on the seventh day after the primary report. This is just for these college students who arrived within the state within the final 16 days. The screening course of shall be extra intense for the scholars in medical and nursing schools, it stated.
The order comes shut on the heels of a number of current circumstances amongst medical college students in Karnataka. Twelve college students of a nursing faculty in Bengaluru examined optimistic on Friday at the same time as a medical faculty in Karnataka’s Dharwad was additionally declared a COVID-19 cluster after the variety of college students and employees contaminated with coronavirus went as much as 182 from 66 a day earlier than.
Earlier within the day, Prime Minister Narendra Modi known as for a proactive method and a assessment of plans for relieving of worldwide journey curbs and urged folks to be extra cautious amid emergence of the brand new variant.
Karnataka reported 402 new COVID-19 circumstances and 6 deaths on Saturday. The state has 6,611 lively circumstances of an infection. Karnataka has recorded 29,94,963 infections for the reason that onset of the pandemic final yr. The state has revised its every day testing goal from 60,000 to 80,000 amid a sudden spike in circumstances.
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