Karnataka announces new guidelines for international arrivals from Japan and Thailand

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The new restrictions were imposed in light of the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the two Asian countries.

The Karnataka government on Saturday (April 30) announced new surveillance measures for international arrivals from Japan and Thailand into the state. The restrictions were due to the recent surge in COVID-19 cases in the two Asian countries.

New arrivals guidelines require arrival thermal screening for passengers. “In addition, RT-PCR testing should be performed for symptomatic at the airport testing laboratory. And for those found positive, samples should be sent for genome sequencing. Further treatment and patient management COVID must be followed in accordance with State Protocol,” reads a circular issued by the state government’s Department of Health and Family Welfare.

“Given the recent surge in Covid-19 cases in China, Australia, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, New Zealand, Russia and South Korea, additional monitoring may be required. 8 countries, direct flight services to Bangalore are only available from Japan and Thailand,” the circular read.

The circular adds that remote monitoring of international arrivals from Japan and Thailand will be carried out at the district level. “If the person develops symptoms during the follow-up period, testing, treatment, and case management should be resumed per state protocol by district teams. Positive samples will be sent for genome sequencing “, we read in the circular.

Karnataka has reported over 100 cases of COVID-19 in the past four days. The state government reiterated its mask mandate in the state given the slight increase in cases.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai acknowledged on Thursday that Karnataka had seen a slight increase in the number of COVID-19 cases since April 9, but said it would be premature to label it a “fourth wave” of the pandemic.

Speaking to the media in Hubballi, he said the rise in cases was being monitored and precautionary measures were being taken, and added that almost the entire eligible population in the state had been vaccinated.

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