Two-dose vaccination mandatory to enter shopping malls and movie theaters

Following the detection of two cases of the new Omicron variant of the coronavirus in the state and the emergence of new clusters of COVID, the government of Karnataka on Friday announced certain preventive measures that include compulsory two-dose vaccination for enter malls, cinemas or theaters, and for parents of school or college students. Stepping up screening of international passengers at airports, asking educational institutions to postpone their public events, and limiting gatherings, meetings, conferences to 500 people, are among other measures announced by the government.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai chaired a meeting with experts, senior ministers and officials on Friday following the detection of two cases of the Omicron variant in the state. “Two cases of the Omicron variant of the coronavirus have been detected in Karnataka, and around 400 cases have been detected worldwide … so far there has been no official study report on these cases, but according to unofficial information available, these infections not so intense, ”said Minister of Revenue R Ashoka.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, he said, only mild symptoms were found among those infected and no deaths were reported. “We will write to the Indian government requesting a detailed report from the National Center for Biological Sciences (NCBS) laboratory on both cases … instructions have been given to take all precautionary measures,” he said. .

Of the two cases of the new Omicron variant detected in the state on Thursday, one, 66, is a South African national who left the country after testing negative, while the other is a local person – a 46-year-old doctor with no travel history. Five of the doctor’s contacts also tested positive and their samples were sent for genomic sequencing.

Sharing details of the measures decided by the government, Ashoka said international travelers arriving in the state will be tested at airports; Only after their reports are negative will they be cleared, and for the benefit of passengers, instructions have been given to install more test units there. Instructions were also given to take precautionary measures for existing Delta variants, with Omicron, he said.

According to the government decree, parents of children under 18 who go to school or college must be vaccinated with two doses of COVID vaccine, as well as entering shopping centers, cinema or theaters should only be allowed to those who are vaccinated with two doses. Cultural activities or parties and functions in all educational institutions should be postponed until January 15, 2022.

All gatherings, meetings, conferences, etc., should strictly limit the number of participants to only 500 people and appropriate COVID behavior should be strictly enforced during the event. The responsibility to enforce the same, lies with the organizers. Mandatory tests for health workers, people over 65 and people with co-morbidities will be carried out by the government, he said.

Noting that officials are to be vaccinated with two doses of the COVID19 vaccine, the order said wearing face masks is an essential preventive measure. In order to strictly enforce the basic masking requirement, BBMP (Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike), district authorities and local authorities will impose a fine of Rs 250 in municipal areas and Rs 100 in other areas for any violation in this regard, he said.

There will be intensive containment (micro-containment measures) and active surveillance in clusters or areas reporting higher cases to contain the spread locally, he said, adding that strict surveillance at border posts set up by neighboring districts of Kerala and Maharashtra will continue. Ashoka further said instructions had been given to the health department to increase the number of tests per day to 1 lakh from the current 60,000.

The CM asked the health department to ensure the availability of oxygen beds and intensive care, as was the case during the second wave of COVID, and also to ensure that the oxygen factories are maintained and operational, he said. The Committee that was set up to ensure the supply and availability of Oxygen will again exist, and the control rooms will be operational. The authorities were also urged to ensure the availability of necessary vaccines and drugs by procuring them.

In response to a question, the Minister of Revenue said that new SOPs or guidelines will be issued for the Christmas and New Year celebrations after discussing them with the CM. He said the legislative session in the border district of Belagavi from December 13 to 24 will be held according to schedule and a set of rules will be prepared for it.


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