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Omicron In Karnataka: Only Fully Vaccinated Can Enter Theatres, Malls; Testing Ramped Up

Chief Minister Bommai issued strict instructions as he ordered rigorous testing at the airport and postponed all cultural activities at colleges and educational institutions till January 15 next year.

Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai chairs a meeting related to COVID-19 situation and the two Omicron cases. (Image: Twitter/ANI)

New Delhi: Day after Karnataka reported two case of Omicron coronavirus variant, the Basavaraj Bommai government on Friday tightened COVID norms in the state. After a brief meeting with the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC), the chief minister issued strict instructions as he ordered rigorous testing at airports and postponed all cultural activities at colleges and educational institutions till January 15 next year. Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday chaired a meeting with experts, senior Ministers and officials in the wake of two cases of Omicron variant being detected in the state.

Meanwhile, acknowledging lapses on part of authorities as the first patient of Omicron left India despite testing positive for Covid-19, the state government ordered an inquiry into the matter.

Here are the latest guidelines issued by Karnataka government amid Omicron scare:

  • Only fully vaccinated people will be allowed to go to theatres, multiplexes and shopping malls.
  • Cultural activities at colleges and educational institutions postponed till January 15, 2022.
  • At the airports, all international travellers will undergo testing and will only be allowed to leave after the report is obtained.
  • Covid-19 testing has been ramped up to 1 lakh person per day.
  • Parents of children below 18 years who are going to school or college, should be fully vaccinated.
  • All gatherings, meetings, conferences, should strictly limit the number of participants to 500 people.
  • Compulsory testing of health workers, old persons above 65 years and persons with comorbidities will be undertaken by the government, the order said.
  • Government servants shall be vaccinated with two doses of COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Wearing face masks is an essential preventive measure.
  • BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike), district and local authorities shall impose a fine of Rs 250 in Municipal Corporation Areas and Rs 100 in other areas for not wearing masks.
  • There shall be intensive containment (micro containment measures) and active surveillance in clusters or areas reporting higher cases to contain the spread locally.
  • Strict surveillance at the border posts setup by the districts adjoining Kerala and Maharashtra shall continue.

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Inquiry Ordered Into First Omicron Patient

Two cases of Omicron have been detected in Karnataka. Of the two cases, one 66-year old is a South African national who had left the country after testing negative, while the other is a local person — a doctor aged 46, with no travel history. Five contacts of the doctor have also tested positive and their samples have been sent for genomic sequencing.

The Karnataka government ordered an inquiry into the departure of the first Omicron patient, a 66-year-old South African traveller, and his two different RT-PCR test reports. “Karnataka government orders inquiry on first Omicron case over RT-PCR reports. The person stayed at a hotel and held some meetings there. After that, he went away to Dubai, so there’re 2 reports, one positive and other negative, which is doubtful. The lab must be investigated,” said state Revenue Minister R Ashoka after the meeting.

“By tonight all 10 people who have reportedly gone missing should be traced and they should be tested. Travelers will not be allowed to leave the airport until their report is out,” he said.

“We have taken up a case at the High Ground police station and Commissioner of Police has been directed to investigate the matter and submit a report,” said Ashoka.

Orders To Ramp Up Covid Facilities

The CM has instructed the Health department to ensure the availability of oxygenated and ICU beds, like it was available during the second wave of COVID, and also to ensure that oxygen plants are serviced and operational, he said. The Committee that was constituted to ensure Oxygen supply and availability will be once again brought into existence, and control rooms operational.

Officials have also been asked to ensure availability of vaccines and required medicines by procuring them. Further, the Revenue Minister said, fresh SOP or guidelines will be issued for Christmas and New Year celebrations after discussing with the CM.

He said the legislature session in the border district of Belagavi from December 13-24, will be held as per schedule and a set of rules will be prepared for it.

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(With PTI Inputs)

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