As Covid cases are on the increase in China & Japan, officials in Karnataka are on alert and told they will screen international travelers at Bengaluru’s Kempegowda International Airport.
Karnataka is preparing to send COVID-19 test samples for genome sequencing, step up the booster dose program, and will soon begin monitoring passengers at the Bengaluru international airport following an alert by the union government over a spike in coronavirus cases in other countries, the government stated on Wednesday, December 21, 2022.
“In the wake of new variants being seen in other countries, the Union Health Ministry has directed states to send samples of all new Covid cases for genomic sequencing, and we have already taken measures to implement the same,”
Health and Medical Education Minister Dr. K Sudhakar said
Talking to the media in Belagavi, Dr. Sudhakar told that some countries including China and Japan are witnessing a sudden spurt in cases. China’s rate of hospitalization has been particularly alarming.
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“Therefore, we must focus on booster dose coverage. Measures to send samples for genomic sequencing to trace new variants as per the government guidelines. A high-level meeting will be chaired by Chief Basavaraj Bommai to discuss the next actions,” the stated.
”We will have to take certain precautionary measures in the wake of the international situation. Bengaluru International Airport has a high inflow of international passengers.
We will begin screening International passengers there. While we have achieved 100 percent coverage in second doses, a precautionary dose is yet to be taken by many people in India. All those who are yet to get their booster shots should voluntarily reach forward and take it second dose,” Dr. Sudhakar told.
He also stated that the state already starts preparing to face “any kind of situation”. “We will take all necessary precautions and new guidelines will be released in this regard, he counted. With more than 4.4 crore Covid cases to date, India has reported the most in the world after the United States.
Its number of people confirmed infections has, however, fallen sharply in the past few months, with about 1,200 cases being reported every week at present.
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