Bengaluru: All social and cultural events in educational institutions across Karnataka have been ordered to be postponed for two months. The Karnataka health department has asked heads of all the educational institutions to ensure all the students, above the age of 18 years, and staff get both the doses of COVID-19 vaccine at the earliest.
The advisory issued by the state health department is released after a meeting held by Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai. The state government's advisory comes in the wake of a new COVID-19 clusters being detected in educational institutions in Dharwad, Mysuru and Bengaluru. Earlier this week, over 281 students and staff at the SDM Medical College in Dharwad tested positive for the coronavirus after attending a freshers' party.
“Conferences, seminars, academic events etc. in any educational institutions, wherever possible, may be postponed. Alternatively, it could be conducted in hybrid mode i.e. with minimal physical attendance and with more persons attending through virtual mode,” the advisory stated.
Heads of educational institutions have also been asked to take utmost care to ensure COVID appropriate behaviour within the campus especially during the conduct of events, if any.
The advisory further states that all students in medical, paramedical and other affiliated colleges be screened for COVID-19 symptoms every day. "Symptomatic should be tested and treated as per the guidelines already issued," it added.
In another advisory, the state government has asked everyone arriving from Kerala and Maharashtra to produce mandatory RT-PCR negative test report not older than 72 hours , irrespective of the 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.