Bengaluru records 1.9% Covid positivity rate, brakes will soon be on

Bengaluru records 1.9% Covid positivity rate, brakes will soon be on

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government is ready to strictly impose Covid guidelines in the state amid fears of the fourth wave of Covid as cases rise in Bengaluru and elsewhere, Health Minister K. Sudhakar said on Monday .

After attending the high level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, he said Covid infection in Bengaluru was increasing and measures would be taken to contain the situation.

“The Covid positivity rate has reached 1.9% in Bengaluru. The situation must be monitored in the city and the necessary instructions are given. Residents of the state will be required to wear masks. They won’t be fined if they don’t wear a mask now. Guidelines in this regard will be issued soon,” he said.

Those who have not received the vaccines will be at risk, the minister said. “We do not yet know which variant of Covid has affected patients. The samples were sent for genomic sequencing. We will know if it is a new variant or the old one,” he said.

Every day, 10,000 tests are carried out, he said. “We look forward to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with Chief Ministers and the message. Currently, no restrictions will be imposed. He is of the opinion that the severity of the disease is less in the fourth wave,” he said.

“During the meeting chaired by CM Bommai, a few things were decided on a few points. Wearing a mask is compulsory in indoor and crowded places. There will be remote monitoring of foreign passengers coming from high-risk countries,” said said Sudhakar.

However, Health Ministry sources have revealed that the government is seriously concerned about developments in Karnataka, and authorities are insisting on tough decisions to defuse fears of a fourth wave in the state.

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