December 6, 2022

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In response to an increase in COVID instances, the Karnataka government has issued a new advice for educational institutions

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It stated: "Every day, all students in medical, paramedical, and other similar educational institutions should be examined for Covid-19 symptoms.

Concerns about recent Covid-19 clusters in Mysuru, Dharwad, and Bengaluru prompted the Karnataka government to take a host of strict preventative steps in educational institutions on Sunday.

Following the recent Covid-19 clusters in Mysuru, Dharwad, and Bengaluru, the Karnataka government issued an advise stating that all social and cultural events, conferences, seminars, academic events, and other activities at educational institutions may be postponed for two months.

“All students in medical and paramedical and other such educational institutes shall be examined everyday for symptoms of Covid-19,” according to a statement released by the Karnataka government. The symptoms should also be diagnosed and treated according to the established guidelines.”

It stated: “Every day, all students in medical, paramedical, and other similar educational institutions should be examined for Covid-19 symptoms. The symptoms should also be tested and treated according to the established guidelines.

It stated that all social and cultural events held in educational institutions could be postponed for two months.

“Conferences, seminars, academic events, and other events in educational institutions, if possible, may be postponed,” the official statement continued. Alternatively, it might be held in hybrid mode, with only a few people in attendance in person and many more in virtual mode.”

This comes a day after Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai presided over a meeting on Saturday, during which the state’s borders were ordered to be patrolled more closely. “Strong monitoring in bordering areas of Kerala and Maharashtra, as well as careful recce on National Highways,” the Chief Minister directed.

“It was decided to impose a temporary ban on cultural programmes in schools and colleges, as well as make the second dose of vaccination mandatory for those working in government offices, malls, hotels, cinema halls, zoos, swimming pools, and libraries,” said R Ashok, Karnataka Revenue Minister, while briefing the media on the meeting’s decisions.

According to the announcement, students in hostels who receive negative RTPCR test results must repeat the test on the seventh day following the initial report.

“Students in medical and nursing schools will be required to take more rigorous tests. Cultural programmes in schools and universities would be temporarily banned “It was also added.

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