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Karnataka announces additional curbs as COVID-19 cases surge, bans all rallies, dharnas and protests

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The decision was made after Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai chaired a review meeting on the COVID situation in Bengaluru via video conferencing. Dr. K Sudhakar, BC Nagesh, Araga Dnyanendra, and other senior officials from the Karnataka government attended the meeting.

BENGALURU: The Karnataka government decided on Tuesday to extend the COVID -19 restrictions and safety guidelines until the end of the month, citing an increase in new cases of coronavirus infections.

The Karnataka government imposed additional containment measures and banned all types of rallies, dharnas, and protests across the state in an effort to prevent the spread of Omicron and coronavirus cases.

The state government issued new guidelines stating that weddings will be held with no more than 200 people in open spaces and 100 people in closed places. The state government also increased patrols at the borders of Maharashtra, Kerala, and Goa.

The decision was made after Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai chaired a review meeting on the COVID situation in Bengaluru via video conferencing. Dr. K Sudhakar, BC Nagesh, Araga Dnyanendra, and other senior officials from the Karnataka government attended the meeting.

The meeting also discussed the rise in cases among schoolchildren. A decision was also made to delegate authority to the Deputy Commissioners of respective districts to make decisions on school closures based on the number of cases, reports from BEOs, and health officers.

Officials were directed to set up children’s wards, intensive care units, and other treatment facilities at Taluk and District hospitals. Officials from the Education and Health departments have been asked to conduct a general health checkup in schools every two weeks. District collectors and the Chief of Police have been directed to strictly enforce COVID guidelines in public places.

Instructions for monitoring the health of those in home quarantine and distributing health kits to them on time were issued. The Chief Minister directed that officials strengthen the triaging system to determine whether an infected person requires hospitalisation or not as soon as the test results were available. It was decided that House Surgeons and Final Year Nursing students would be used in the Home Isolation and Triaging process.

The government has decided to open 27 COVID Care Centres in Bengaluru right away. The Revenue and Endowment departments were tasked with issuing appropriate guidelines for the upcoming Sankranti, Vaikunta Ekadashi, and other festivals.

In Bengaluru, the daily COVID testing will be increased to 1.30 lakh. The Chief Minister directed officials to take harsh measures against those who hold public conventions. Based on the ground realities, the state government directed local governments to take action to decongest market areas. On Monday, Karnataka reported 11,698 new COVID-19 cases, with 9,221 cases reported in Bengaluru alone. The active caseload in Karnataka is 60,148, with 49,000 active cases in Bengaluru.

On Monday, four people died from coronavirus infection in the state, with two deaths reported in Bengaluru. On Monday evening, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj S Bommai announced that he had tested positive for COVID-19 infection.

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