Karnataka health minister K Sudhakar has appealed to people to get a preventive dose of the Covid-19 vaccine amid rising cases in some countries. The minister also said that the state government will monitor positive cases at Bengaluru airport and send samples to INSACOG (Indian SARS-CoV-2 Genomics Consortium) for detection of new strains of the virus.
His appeal also comes as Union health minister Mansukh Mandaviya reviewed the Covid-19 situation in view of the sudden rise in cases in China and other countries. He also directed officials to be vigilant about new tensions and strengthen surveillance.
“The sudden increase in the number of Covid cases in some countries of the world is a call for us. Only 20% of the people in the state have received the preventive dose vaccine so far, I ask everyone to get the precautionary dose vaccine without fail and join the government in this fight”, K Sudhakar tweeted.
With countries like China and the US witnessing a rise in the number of cases, the minister said international air travel will be monitored in Bengaluru. “We will monitor at the airport and try to send all the positive cases to INSACOG to find out what kind of tensions they are seeing,” the minister told news agency ANI.