Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai assured the people that there is no proposal for a lockdown in the state and appealed to the people not to pay heed to rumours.
Talking to reporters, he reiterated that there is no question of imposing a lockdown now.
However, he wants people to strictly follow the norms of COVID in public places. He said that the institutions also need to act responsibly by following the norms in the programs organized by them.
The Chief Minister said that the State Government is keeping a close watch on the new variant of the Kovid virus, Omicron. Meanwhile, precautions are being taken towards the Delta variant as well.
The government is tackling the issue on two fronts, he said. Test samples in suspected cases were sent to NCBS for genome sequencing to determine the exact variant. International passengers are being strictly screened at airports. Those who were in contact with him are also being traced and tested.
The state government has issued guidelines for setting up such clusters where there has been a spurt in cases. Those living in the cluster are being re-tested 7 days after the positive report in the first test.
Around 4,000 persons have been tested at SDM College in Dharwad. Bommai said similar tests are being run in clusters in Mysuru, Hassan and Anekal in Bengaluru.
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