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Quarantine, Covid test must for people from new Covid variant affected countries

Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar. (ANI)

In view of the new Covid-19 variant, named Omicron, that has been detected in South Africa, Botswana, Hong Kong and Israel, the Karnataka capital on Saturday made RT-PCR testing and quarantine mandatory for people travelling from these affected countries.

Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar has said that people arriving from these nations will take the RT-PCR once they land in Bengaluru. “If found positive, they will stay in and around the airport and will be treated, if needed,” he said.

The minister also said that home quarantine will be mandatory after their arrival in the city.

The state health minister further said, “We’re constantly in touch with the Union Health Ministry and have information that this new strain in South Africa, Hong Kong, Israel, and Botswana is very contagious and has overtaken the Delta variant.”

He added, “I request the 45 lakh people who’ve not taken second dose to get it on priority. We came out with 6 genomic labs in the last 6 months and are in a situation where we can sequence, send samples, and understand the progression of the mutation.”

The minister added that 281 students have tested positive in SDM College of Medical Sciences in Dharwad. “We have tested all 1,788 students of the college, some results are awaited. Also, one international school had reported 34 cases and another 12 cases. None of these cases was severe,” he said.

Meanwhile, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai today called a meeting of experts of the health and disaster department to discuss the rise in cases of coronavirus in the state.

The state recorded 402 new coronavirus cases and six deaths today. According to state’s health department, Karnataka has 6,611 active cases of infection. The state has recorded 29,94,963 infections since the onset of the pandemic in 2020.

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