New Delhi: With the emergence of new Covid-19 clusters and the looming Omicron threat, the Karnataka government will focus on cluster management and issue new guidelines for hostels to help contain the infection.
Is the current Covid 19 situation in the state worrying?
Karnataka Prime Minister Basavaraj Bommai allied his concerns, saying there was not much to fear. “With regard to Covid, our head of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), Dr. MK Sudarshan, has informed about the current situation and has given details about the Omicron variant. In view of the current figures and the positivity rate, he does not believe there is one Need for “no major concern or concern,” Bommai said.
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Covid-19 clusters have appeared in educational institutions and dormitories in several regions including Bengaluru, Dharwad, Mysuru, Hassan, Mangaluru, among others; while at least two cases of Omicron were discovered in Bengaluru.
Karnataka reported 373 new Covid-19 cases and four deaths on Thursday, according to PTI. The state’s total death toll rose to 38,253. There are 7,332 active cases in the state.
Should you expect a night curfew?
Regarding the imposition of curbs, the minister, who does not want to make “hasty decisions,” said the minister said that all decisions on measures such as the night curfew and restrictions on Christmas and New Years celebrations will be made after a week’s analysis of the situation.
Speaking to reporters after the cabinet meeting, the minister said the government still felt it was necessary to take certain precautionary measures, such as issuing new guidelines for hostels and their management, such as disinfection, staggering food releases, restricting visitors, doubling dose vaccinations for everyone there work by employees and set up a separate isolation room.
Similar cluster management guidelines have previously been issued with more than three positive cases declared as clusters in one location. The minister said that such measures will continue and, on the advice of ministers, a special vaccination campaign will also be carried out, as last year.
When asked, Bommai replied that strict vigilance and measures in the border areas, especially for students from Kerala, such as mandatory vaccinations and RT-PCR tests for entry into the state, will continue.
The Chief Minister had received an “informal” briefing from high-ranking officials on Wednesday about the current COVID-19 situation in the state and held talks about the management of the resulting clusters, the Omicron situation and the readiness of the government.