Karnataka imposes restrictions and issues new Covid testing guidelines for arrivals from foreign countries


Karnataka lockdown news today: Amid rising coronavirus cases, the Karnataka government on Saturday imposed new restrictions and issued new COVID testing guidelines for international arrivals from countries including Japan and Thailand. The state government has also asked authorities to put in place surveillance measures for people arriving from those countries, including RT-PCR testing for symptomatic cases at the airport’s testing lab.Also read – Residents of Bengaluru beware! Water shortage likely in THESE areas for 6 p.m. tomorrow

Earlier, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai indicated that precautionary and surveillance measures may be reintroduced at airports and border districts in the state, depending on the advice of the Centre. He had said this amid apprehensions of a possible fourth wave of the pandemic. Also Read – Omicron Not As Mild As Thought, Latest Study Finds It As Deadly As Delta, Alpha COVID Variants

What are the new COVID guidelines?

  • The state government said instructions have been issued to conduct screening, monitoring and remote monitoring of certain international arrivals in accordance with recommendations from the state’s COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC).
  • The state government has also added that at Bengaluru International Airport and Mangaluru International Airport, arrivals from these countries should undergo thermal screening.
  • As per guidelines, RT-PCR testing should be performed for symptomatic people at the airport’s testing lab and for those found positive, samples should be sent for genome sequencing.
  • The treatment and management of COVID patients will be followed in accordance with state government protocol.
  • At the district level and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), remote monitoring of international passengers (from Japan and Thailand) should be carried out in their respective districts for 14 days through the call center.
  • The state government said if anyone develops symptoms during the follow-up period, testing, treatment and case management should be resumed according to protocol by district teams.
  • However, Principal Secretary for Health and Family Welfare TK Anil Kumar said the COVID situation in Karnataka is well under control with a daily average of 110 cases and a test positivity rate of between 0.9 and 1.1%, and currently 2% of international arrivals. from designated countries are randomly checked at airports.

Corona cases in Karnataka:

The development comes as Karnataka on Saturday reported 126 new COVID cases, 76 recoveries and 2 deaths in the past 24 hours. Along with the new cases, active cases in the state stand at 1,785 and the positivity rate has risen to 1.26%. Also read – Omicron may be as serious as previous coronavirus variants, assumptions may be misleading: study


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