The Karnataka government on Monday moved to make it compulsory to wear face masks and maintain social distancing in the state amid renewed concerns over Covid-19 in several parts of the country.
“Masks should be worn compulsorily, especially in places where there are crowds and in indoor places, social distancing should be maintained,” state health minister K Sudhakar told AFP. from a review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Basvaraj Bommai.
Although no decision on whether to impose a penalty for not wearing a mask has been made, those caught spitting in public will be fined.
In addition, Sudhakar said passengers traveling directly from South Korea, Thailand and Japan – where a spike in cases have been reported – will be specially monitored at airports and their details and contact numbers will be collected, and they will be monitored at home.
The Minister informed that the number of Covid cases has increased slightly in Bangalore, where the positivity rate stands at 1.9%, and the situation will be monitored in the district.
“On April 27, the Prime Minister will hold a video conference with chief ministers and health ministers from all states, where more advice and information can be shared. After that, we will hold another round of meetings here. and other measures, if necessary, will be taken,” Sudhakar said.
The minister went on to talk about the need to increase the number of booster recipients, as the World Health Organization has pointed out that hospitalization and intensive care are needed more in unvaccinated people.
“People over 60 get the preventive dose or the third dose for free. Don’t wait for the next wave, take the preventive dose and protect yourself,” he advised.
Covid situation in state
Karnataka recorded 60 new Covid-19 cases and zero deaths on Sunday, bringing the total number of infections in the state to 39.46,934 and the death toll to 40,057.
Out of the total number of infections, the urban district of Bengaluru recorded 57 while Chitradurga, Dharwad and Vijayapura reported one infection each. There were no infections in 27 districts in the state.
Sixty-three people have been released, bringing the total number of recoveries to date to 39,05,159.
Active cases stood at 1,676 and the positivity rate for the day was 0.72%.
With agency contributions.