Tumkuru: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has requested the Centre to ban the arrival of air passengers from South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana, which have till now reported cases of the new variant Omicron.
“The new variant has been reported in South Africa, Hong Kong and Botswana … We have requested the union government to ban arrival of passengers from three countries which have reported the new strain,” he told reporters at Tumkuru.
The World Health Organisation has issued an alert on the new strain of Coronavirus and Prime Minister Narendra Modi has also urged people to maintain Covid-appropriate behaviour, Bommai said.
However, no cases of Omicron strain have been reported in Karnataka, he added.
Replying to a question, Bommai said the government has already written to the Centre seeking permission for administering the booster dose for frontline health workers.
The state government had made double doses of vaccination compulsory for those working in government offices, malls, cinema halls and other public places, he said.
Testing has been intensified in border districts, students who have arrived in the last 16 days from Kerala would be tested again 7 days after they get a negative report, Bommai said.
Replying to another question, Bommai said a suitable decision would be taken on guidelines for New Year celebrations in the next few days depending on the situation.
“Instructions had been issued to follow Covid guidelines in the campaign meetings of the Legislative Council election. The state has 80 lakh doses of the vaccine and about 91 per cent of the eligible population has been covered in the first dose, a target of 70 per cent for the second dose by December end has been set,” he said.