Marshalls will be deployed in marriage halls to ensure Covid guidelines are followed, Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar said today. He was speaking to the media in Bengaluru after a video conference with all District Administrations.
"People attending large gatherings are not following the guidelines. In fact, people urged me to remove my face mask when I attended a function. Therefore, it is necessary to deploy a Marshall to ensure the Covid guidelines are followed. Not more than 500 people are allowed in a gathering and a face mask is compulsory for all. Catering service providers will also be instructed to get tested before they render service," the Minister said.
"Meetings and gatherings are happening in violation of the Covid guidelines. We may have to enforce strict guidelines if cases are increased. We don't want a situation like Maharashtra where lockdown has been reimposed in certain areas," Dr Sudhakar said.
"More than 4.24 lakh health department employees and 1.20 lakh front line warriors have been administered the first dose of the Covid vaccine. We are cleaning up registration data by eliminating duplicate entries. We have a target of 80 per cent and 90 per cent coverage for Health dept staff and front line warriors respectively by the end of this month. All officials have been requested to get the dose," the Minister said.
He also said that Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa himself is monitoring the vaccination drive and will be conducting a video conference with officials this weekend. "Bengaluru is lagging in vaccination. Bagalakote, Bengaluru, Dharawada have registered less than 50 per cent coverage. Chikkaballapura (79 per cent), Tumkur (78 per cent), Uttara Kannada (73 per cent), Gadag (71 per cent), Chikkamagalur (70 per cent) and Chamarajnagar (70 per cent). Gadag (84 per cent) and Tumkur (71 per cent) are ahead in covering front line warriors. Bagalkot (23 per cent), Bengaluru Urban (26 per cent) and Chamrajanagar (27 per cent) are lagging behind and it is instructed to all districts to achieve 80 per cent target, the Minister added.
*Other points made by the Minister*
• No restrictions to travel to Maharashtra and Kerala, but the RTPCR test report is compulsory while entering the state.
• Schools are being open gradually and no increase in cases reported so far.
• Govt taking measures to prevent second possible Covid wave in the state, centre will soon decide on vaccinating general public from March.