Bengaluru: Several new protocols regarding COVID-19 in the state was announced by the Karnataka government after a spike was seen in COVID-19 cases recently. The government has announced that all those who are arriving in the state from Kerala including those checking into hotels, resorts, hostels, home stays, and dormitories will have to compulsorily produce a negative RT-PCR certificate that is not older than 72 hours, which has to be checked by the owners of these establishments.
These measures were put in place after several cases were identified in Manjushree Nursing College where several students had travelled from Kerala to attend exams. More than 105 COVID-19 cases were also detected in SNN Raj Lake View Apartment in Bengaluru. The apartment became a cluster after an anniversary party was held which more than 100 people attended. Considering this, the rule states that if a cluster of five or more people are identified in places such as hostels and educational institutions, those places will be declared ‘contamination zones’ and additional steps, such as re-testing after seven days, will be taken.
The government has stated that the students shall compulsorily produce RT PCR negative test reports, not older than 72 hours, each time they return from Kerala and till the situation improves.
The following public health measures have also been recommended by the state government:
- Only urgent/necessary needs for taking things from the room are allowed; and students staying in campus or security guards can help in picking and moving.
- As far as possible, all the students residing in the hostel should stay in separate rooms to maintain adequate physical distance and avoid crowding.
- Any potential for super spreading avenues (such as crowding in dining areas, waiting for halls, reading rooms, indoor playing areas, gymnasium etc) should be prevented inside the hostel and colleges/schools.
- The meal timings should be staggered to ensure that there is no crowding in the dining area.
- Day scholars travelling from Kerala to schools or colleges in any part of Karnataka shall be subjected to RT-PCR testing fortnightly.
-Residents should not be allowed to have visitors/relatives without obtaining express permission from the COVID nodal officers.
-Employees working in Multinational Companies should get the RT PCR test done at their own cost.
The government has increased the surveillance to make sure that the general protocols such as wearing masks and physical distancing are followed by the public.
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