Bengaluru: Karnataka has been witnessing spike in new COVID-19 cases over the past few days. Amid the fear of new variant of COVID-19, B.1.1.529, or Omicron, the Karnataka government has asked everyone arriving from Kerala and Maharashtra to produce mandatory RT-PCR negative test report not older than 72 hours, irrespective of their vaccination status.
Students who have arrived in Karnataka from Kerala to medical and paramedical colleges and other educational institutions in the last 15 days (from November 12 to November 27, 2021) shall be subjected to mandatory RT-PCR test. Also, students who will be arriving in Karnataka will have to take the mandatory RT-PCR on the seventh day after reaching the state.
People who test positive will be treated as per protocol and those whose test comes negative shall be quarantined and shall undergo repeat RT-PCR on the seventh day after arrival.
The notification comes amid clusters of coronavirus cases that were recently detected at educational institutions at Dharwad, Bengaluru and Mysuru districts of the state.
"Deputy Commissioners of the districts bordering Kerala State i.e. Dakshin (south) Kannada, Kodagu, Chamarajanagar and Mysuru, shall ensure that the already established check posts are active and are taking up 100 per cent screening of all arrivals from Kerala State as per protocol," the notification added.
Karnataka health minister, Sudhakar K said, "We've started thorough airport screening and strong vigilance of those travelling from South Africa, Hong Kong, Botswana and other European countries, who have witnessed the new COVID variant."
Meanwhile, two Indian citizens, who returned to Bengaluru from South Africa, were tested positive for COVID-19. They were in the same flight to Bengaluru which had 584 passengers on board. The samples of the two patients were sent for sequencing and the results showed it is Delta variant, K Srinivas, the Deputy Commissioner of Bengaluru Rural district, said.