Passengers arriving from any state to Bengaluru must be in possession of RTPCR negative report, said Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar.
He was speaking to the media in Bengaluru today after a meeting held to review COVID-19 containment measures in Bengaluru city.
As many as 1,400 cases have been reported in Bengaluru, which is the highest in the last 4 months. There is a spike in cases every day. It is increasingly found in passengers arriving in the city from other states. As of now, the restriction is for Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab and Chandigarh. But now going forward it is applicable to all states, he said.
A restriction of 200 people for functions in closed premises and 500 people for functions in open space premises has been imposed. Every ward has been provided with one ambulance. It can also be increased depending on the number of cases. Protocols will be implemented for the care and treatment of infected persons, said the Minister.
Certain places which have high footfall and dense public places will be sanitized to control the spread. Information regarding the availability of beds and ICUs will be made available online. "People's cooperation is crucial to make Namma Bengaluru Covid-free," Dr Sudhakar said.
"It has been decided to put a hand-stamp on infected persons residing in BBMP limits. Even young and asymptomatic persons can spread the infection if they go out. To control such movements it has been decided to stamp on hand," he added.
Mutant version of the Virus
"The government has decided to give vaccination for persons aged above 45 years. The mutant virus has been reported in India. Mutant version is found in 700 cases so far. As per experts, it spreads faster than the original one. Therefore, it is requested to be careful for the next 2 months. We are tracing out 20 contacts for each infected person," said the Minister.
"Elections are not insulated from spreading infection. It is important to restrict gatherings. I will speak to Election Commission officials in this regard. We have also requested Cinema stars to join hands with the government in this fight against COVID," said Dr Sudhakar.
After visiting Victoria hospital, he said that 400 beds have been reserved for Covid patients here. "We will increase the number of beds if required. RGICD, Bowring hospital and Charaka hospital will also be utilized for Covid treatment if required," he said. "We have also spoken to private hospitals to be on stand by, though the cases are not as huge as it was in the beginning, they have to be ready," the Minister added.