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Covid-19 Cases Continue to Surface in Karnataka Schools; Now, 13 Students Found Positive in Hassan

CM Bommai said that the government has instructed adherence to strict precautions at Karnataka schools and colleges, but not to close them. (Representative image)

CM Bommai said that the government has instructed adherence to strict precautions at Karnataka schools and colleges, but not to close them. (Representative image)

Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai, however, has dismissed fears in some quarters over any possible lockdown.

Thirteen students of Morarji Desai Residential School have tested positive for Covid-19 at Channarayapattana in Karnataka’s Hassan. The district surveillance officer said that the primary contacts of the students have been asked to quarantine themselves.

All the infected students are asymptomatic, added officer Dr Shivshankar. The coronavirus cases in the state continue to surface even as the Karnataka government on Sunday tightened the Covid guidelines and restrictions. Recently, a medical college in Dharwad became a Covid-19 cluster with more than 182 people, including students and staff, testing positive.

The government’s advisory states that all social and cultural events, including conferences, seminars and academic events, in educational institutions must be postponed for two months, reported Mint.

The official statement further noted that all students in medical and paramedical and other such educational institutions must be screened daily for any COVID-19 symptoms. “..the symptomatic should be tested and treated as per the guidelines already issued," read the advisory.

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Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai, however, has dismissed fears in some quarters over any possible lockdown. Allaying the apprehensions, he made it clear that there was no proposal to impose lockdown in the state.

“We have instructed adherence to strict precautions at schools and colleges, but not to close them. There is no proposal to impose the lockdown," he said. Speaking to reporters in Bengaluru, the CM urged the people not to panic about Omicron, and asked them to strictly follow Covid-19 guidelines.

He said those arriving from the countries where Omicron variant was found are being screened at the airports and that they would be allowed into the cities only if they test negative. Bommai said a negative report has been made mandatory for students from Kerala who are studying in Karnataka and a second test is being done on them on the seventh day of the first negative report.

The state government is in constant consultation with experts and the Union government, and precautions are being taken according to their guidelines, he 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." Regarding the booster dose for health workers, Bommai said his government is awaiting the instructions from the Centre in that regard.

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

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first published:November 30, 2021, 10:43 IST