No Question Of Lockdown In Karnataka, No Need To Panic, Says CM Basavaraj Bommai

Thomas (Special correspondent) 

“There is no proposal to impose the lockdown,” Bommai said”.

Allaying the apprehensions,Chief Minister, Basavaraj Bommai on Monday made it clear that there was no proposal to impose lockdown in the state.We have instructed for strict precautions at schools and colleges,but not to close them.

Speaking to media persons,in Davanagere he urged the people not to panic about Omicron, the new strain of the Covid,and strictly follow the Covid guidelines.

Those arriving from the Omicron prevalent countries are being screened at the airports. They are being allowed into the cities only if found negative on testing.

Covid negative report had been made mandatory for students from Kerala who are studying in Karnataka and a second test is being done for them on the 7th day of the first negative report, Bommai said.

State government is in constant consultation with experts and union government.Precautions are being taken according to their guidelines, Bommai said.

Replying to a question about a person who arrived from South Africa found to be having different symptoms of the pandemic,Bommai said,the test report of the person has been sent for Genome Sequencing.Exact variant of the virus would be known from the Genome Sequencing report.”

State government is awaiting the instructions from the Centre on administering Booster dose of the vaccine. ”

Our concern is that it is already over 6 months since the health workers received two doses of the vaccine. We will act according to directions from the centre,” Bommai said.