State announces stringent Covid precautions,Intense screening of international passengers at airports,RT-PCR test compulsory for travellers from Kerala,Maharashtra :CM Bommai

Thomas (Special correspondent)

The important decisions of the meeting are as given below :

* Strict vigil in the areas bordering Kerala and Maharashtra.

* RT-PCR negative report compulsory for those entering the state from Kerala and Maharashtra.

*Compulsory RT-PCR test again(second time) for students from Kerala who arrived in the last 16 days.

*Students in hostels who have got negative RT-PCR test report would have to get RT-PCR test done again on the 7th day after the first report.

*More intense testing for students in medical and nursing colleges.

*Intensify screening of international travellers at airports.No entry into the cities for those who test positive.

*Those tested positive at airports would be sent to hospitals for treatment.

*Temporary ban on cultural programmes in schools and colleges.

Karnataka has decided to implement a slew of stringent precautionary measures amid rise in Covid cases and the scare of the new Omicron variant of the virus.

A high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister, Basavaraj Bommai in this regard has decided to intensify screening of international passengers at the airports and make RT-PCR test report compulsory for those arriving from Kerala and Maharashtra.

Bommai instructed the officials to go on an aggressive campaign to trace those who have not taken the second dose of the vaccine and cover them at the earliest he added.

The meeting decided to impose a temporary ban on cultural programmes in schools and colleges, make second dose of vaccination compulsory for those working in government offices,malls, hotels,cinema halls,zoos,swimming pools and libraries,Revenue minister,R Ashok said briefing the media persons about the decisions taken at the meeting.

Karnataka requests Central approval for Booster Dose:R Ashoka, Revenue Minister :

Karnataka is keen to administer booster dose of the vaccine as part of its plan to prevent third wave of Covid in the state.The high level committee discussed the issue.

We have urged the union government to allow the state to administer the booster dose,especially for the front line workers.We may get the go ahead from the centre in a week,Ashok said.

The vaccination campaign has covered a large segment of the population.However the need for the booster dose is being felt,especially for the front line workers who got vaccinated at the very beginning of vaccination campaign.

Centre has been requested to permit the state to administer the Booster dose for front line workers.The Centre is likely to respond positively for state’s request Ashok said.