Karnataka: Coming soon separate guidelines for hostel students and Covid clusters, says CM

Separate guidelines will be issued for student hostels and Covid clusters as part of the management of Covid-19 in the state, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Thursday.

He said: “Guidelines for hostels will include sanitizing, serving food in staggered batches, maintaining distance, requiring double doses of vaccines for those engaged in cooking food and putting in place of isolation rooms.”

He added: “Details have been obtained from the expert committee on the current Covid-19 situation and on Omicron, the new variant. Given the current positivity rate, there is no need to panic. But the committee advised us to be careful.

Precautions and guidelines in border areas of the state will continue and steps have been taken to ensure double dose vaccination and RT-PCR testing of students in Kerala, the chief minister has said.

On the night curfew and other restrictions over Christmas and New Year, Bommai said, “An appropriate decision will be made next week after taking stock of the situation and holding consultations.”

TAC says nothing to fear from Omicron developments: Bommai

Bommai said there was “nothing to worry about” from the pandemic situation in the state following the detection of a few cases of Covid-19 with the new Omicron variant.

Speaking to reporters after the cabinet meeting in Bengaluru, Bommai said the Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) had briefed the state government on the situation.

“TAC Chairman Dr. Sudarshan told us there was nothing to worry about,” he said in response to questions about Omicron’s concerns in the state. Bommai added that the Minister of Health and Medical Education, K Sudhakar, suggested continuing the special vaccination campaigns to improve coverage among eligible people.

373 new cases, four additional deaths linked to Covid-19

Karnataka recorded 373 new cases of Covid-19 on Thursday, according to the bulletin released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. No less than four deaths were also reported.

As many as 292 people have been discharged, bringing the total number to 29,53,857. The bulletin adds that there are 7,332 active cases in the state and the total number of cases and deaths stands at 29, 99,471 and 38,253, respectively.

The positivity rate stands at 0.31% against 1,18,227 tests, while the fatality rate is currently 1.07%.

On the 327th day since the start of the vaccination campaign against the infection in Karnataka on January 16 this year, 2,41,239 doses were administered till 3:30 p.m. at centers across the state, the bulletin said.

Karnataka first among major states in coverage of first dose of vaccine: health minister

Karnataka’s Minister of Health and Medical Education, K Sudhakar, on Thursday said the state had risen to ‘first position among leading states in the country’ in terms of first-dose vaccination coverage against Covid-19 .

He explained that the state overtook Gujarat on December 8 (Wednesday) with 94.38% of its adult population inoculated with the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. “While 4,89,16,000 are adults in Karnataka, 4,61,69,277 first doses of the vaccine have been administered as of December 8,” he said.

Later, in a tweet, Sudhakar shared statistics indicating that Gujarat (94.37%) and Madhya Pradesh (93.77%) lag behind the state in second and third position, respectively.

Linda G. Ibarra