‘Follow Covid appropriate behavior, take booster dose’: Karnataka health min | Bengaluru

Amid a new global surge in Covid cases caused by a new variant of the B.F7 coronavirus, Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar on Friday appealed to people to take booster doses and take precautionary measures.

“I appeal to the people of Karnataka to take the booster dose as soon as possible. People should wear masks, especially indoors and maintain social distance,” said K Sudhakar.

The minister further said that he would follow the Centre’s guidelines to be issued by Karnataka Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya after the meeting.

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The Union Health Ministry had on December 20 advised States to significantly increase genome sequencing. A high-level meeting was also chaired by the Union Health Minister on December 21 on the situation of COVID-19 and preparedness of the public health system for surveillance, containment and management of COVID-19.

However, earlier today the ministry said that the positivity rate is falling every week, with only 0.14% positivity in the week ending December 22.

The prime minister on Thursday chaired a high-level meeting to review the situation and preparedness and warned against complacency, recommended maintaining Strict Vigilance and stressed the need to strengthen Vigilance with a focus on Genome Sequencing and increased Testing.

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In the high-level meeting, states were advised to ensure operational readiness of Hospital Infrastructure and proper Covid behavior, including use of masks.

The Union Health Ministry has also called for Preventive Dose Vaccination, especially for the Elderly and Vulnerable Groups.

According to officials, Travel Guidelines have been reviewed and issued. 2% Random Screening of International Passengers Resuming from Saturday, December 24th, random screenings will be charged to passengers.

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