In view of the increase in the number of coronavirus cases in several countries with the arrival of the new variant, the Karnataka government has decided to make the COVID test mandatory for those suffering from influenza-like illness (ILI) and severe acute respiratory infections (SARI), the state Health. Minister K. Sudhakar said.
Speaking to reporters after a meeting on COVID management, Minister Sudhakar said, “In view of the increase in cases of COVID in several countries, including China, Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai chaired a high-level meeting with the technical advisory committee and senior officials on infection prevention in the state. and to discuss mitigation.’
“2,000-3,000 people are being tested for COVID-19 every day. Also, it has been decided that the COVID test will be mandatory for those with ILI and SARI in the state,” he added.
Sudhakar also said that an advisory would be issued to make masks mandatory indoors, in closed and air-conditioned places.
Union government guidelines will be followed for random testing and screening of passengers arriving from abroad at international airports. The minister confirmed that some people are already being tested at the airport.
“Oxygen plants have been installed in many hospitals. We will see that they work well… We have decided to reserve some beds in district hospitals for COVID”, he said, adding that private hospitals will also be ordered to reserve them. the beds
A meeting is being held at the Union government level, and new guidelines will be issued in the state based on the Centre’s guidelines, he said.
As the number of cases of COVID decreased, people were content to take the third dose of the vaccine. Therefore, only 20 percent progress has been made in the 3rd dose vaccine, Sudhakar said.
“We will organize special vaccination camps across the state to achieve 100 percent coverage even in the third dose. We have also issued instructions to ensure sufficient stock of vaccines for these special vaccination camps,” he said.
“People should take the third dose as soon as possible and not be calm. It was also brought out in the House if there are any side effects if you take the third dose. No one should hear such fears. There is no scientific proof. The vaccine carries any risk. Protect yourself from COVID we can by vaccinating,” confirmed the minister.
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