Karnataka mulls Covid-19 norms, more tests

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The Karnataka authorities has determined to “monitor” passenger arrivals on the Kempegowda Worldwide Airport (KIA) in Bengaluru within the wake of a surge in Covid-19 instances in China, the US and Japan, Well being Minister Okay Sudhakar mentioned on Wednesday. He convened a gathering with officers on the Suvarna Vidhana Soudha in Belagavi to take inventory of the state of affairs and directed the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) to carry a gathering.

Talking to DH, Sudhakar mentioned the state authorities will resolve on introducing Covid-19 tips in two days. “We’ve but to evaluate the state of affairs and no resolution has been made about imposing or introducing Covid tips. However we’re considering of scaling up testing,” he mentioned, including that no resolution has been made on making face masks obligatory.

The minister has requested the TAC to border tips for New Yr celebrations given the crowding that’s anticipated.

He mentioned the federal government has already taken measures to ship samples of all new Covid-19 instances for genomic sequencing based mostly on the Centre’s directive.

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The minister, nevertheless, requested residents to get the precautionary dose of the Covid-19 vaccine. “Although we have now achieved 100 per cent protection of two doses, a number of individuals haven’t but taken the precautionary dose. They need to voluntarily get the booster dose,” Sudhakar mentioned.

TAC measures 

In opposition to the backdrop of the Union Well being Ministry’s instructions to extend Covid surveillance, Karnataka’s Covid TAC is discussing measures to strengthen genomic sequencing and sewage surveillance, and promote vaccination and masking.

As per the state’s day by day Covid bulletins, sequencing outcomes from 513 samples had been launched in November. “We are going to see how genomic sequencing could be enhanced. At present, the variety of samples with Ct (cycle threshold) worth above 25 (which is required for sequencing) is low,” mentioned TAC chairman Dr M Okay Sudarshan, previous to the TAC assembly on Wednesday evening. 

He added that vaccine availability must be improved within the state in order that extra individuals can take booster doses.

Covid sewage surveillance in Bengaluru, which incorporates samples from the worldwide airport, has proven just about no virus exercise within the final two months, he mentioned. “Nevertheless, we’ll additional strengthen sewage surveillance,” he mentioned.

A choice was already taken a month in the past to extend sewage surveillance websites within the state, mentioned Rohan Pais, CEO of Infectious Ailments Analysis Basis, which has been conducting the surveillance as per authorities instructions. “The variety of sewage surveillance websites in Bengaluru might be elevated from 15 to 65. And such websites might be arrange in seven different districts that had been hotspots within the earlier Covid waves.”

State Well being Commissioner D Randeep mentioned they’re awaiting Centre’s new tips and TAC’s suggestions to resolve on additional motion.

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