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Karnataka issues fresh curbs amid concern over new Covid variant. Details here

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The Karnataka government has announced stricter rules related to Covid-19 after the virus’ new variant has created tension across the globe due to its easily transmissible nature. The state’s chief minister Basavaraj Bommai chaired a meeting yesterday and directed officials to strictly monitor bordering districts like Kerala and Maharashtra. The Karnataka government has mandated travellers arriving in the state from South Africa, Botswana, and Hong Kong to undergo RT-PCR Covid-19 test upon arrival.

Here’s a list of fresh curbs imposed by the Karnataka government:

1. People coming from Kerala and Maharashtra will have to mandatorily show a negative RT-PCR report to get entry into Karnataka. 

2.Deputy Commissioners of the districts bordering Kerala, Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu, Chamarajanagar, and Mysuru have to ensure that the already established check posts are vigilant and taking 100% screening on arrivals from Kerala as per the protocols.

3. Those students who have arrived from Kerala to medical and paramedical colleges and other such educational institutions within Karnataka between November 12 and November 27, will be subjected to mandatory RT-PCR tests. 

4.Students who are residing in a hostel will have to undergo an RT-PCR test again on the 7th day after the negative report.

5. The Karnataka government has also decided to impose a temporary ban on cultural programmes in schools and colleges.

6. Students and other people visiting Karnataka daily for education, business, and other reasons will have to undergo an RT-PCR test once every 14 days and possess a negative Covid-19 test report for entry into the southern state.

7. Government office staff and people working in malls, cinema halls, zoos, hotels, and other such places should be fully vaccinated against Covid-19.

Yesterday two persons were tested positive for Covid-19 after reaching Bengaluru from South Africa. They have been found positive for delta variants.

The World Health Organisation had on Friday called the new strain of COVID-19 a “variant of concern”. The first cases of new strain were reported from South Africa. The WHO has named the new strain Omicron.

Yesterday, Karnataka reported a total of 322 fresh Covid-19 cases ad three deaths in 24 hours. As per the state’s health department, the total case tally touched 29,95,285. Presently, Karnataka has 6,754 active cases. The death toll in the state is 38,196. The case fatality rate is 0.93%

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Narendra Modi also chaired a comprehensive meeting to review the public health preparedness and vaccination-related situation for COVID-19. The PM highlighted the need for monitoring all international arrivals, their testing as per guidelines, with a specific focus on countries identified ‘at risk’. He also asked officials to review plans for easing international travel restrictions in light of the emerging new evidence.

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New York declares state of emergency amid omicron covid variant threat

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A state of emergency has been declared in New York state on Friday due to a rise in Covid-19 cases in the state and the threat of the omicron variant. Though the variant hasn’t yet been detected in the state, New York Governor Kathy Hochul said she decided to sign an executive order to allow the health department to limit non-essential, non-urgent procedures at hospitals and acquire critical supplies more quickly.

The order will be effective from 3 December and it will be re-assessed based on the latest data on 15 January.

“We continue to see warning signs of spikes this upcoming winter, and while the new omicron variant has yet to be detected in New York state, it’s coming,” Hochul said. 

Earlier in the month, Hochul blamed vaccine holdouts for a rise in hospitalizations, saying that a worsening situation was avoidable if people would get the shots. She also discouraged large indoor gatherings for Thanksgiving, saying then that “we are heading into a vulnerable time.”

The new strain B.1.1.529, first detected in South Africa, has been classified as a Variant of Concern by the World Health Organisation and trigged massive panic across the world. Several countries including the UK, the US, Canada have banned flights from South African nations and issues travel curbs.

WHO said in a press release, “This variant has a large number of mutations, some of which are concerning. Preliminary evidence suggests an increased risk of reinfection with this variant, as compared to other VOCs. The number of cases of this variant appears to be increasing in almost all provinces in South Africa.”

The variant has also been identified in Botswana, Belgium, Hong Kong and Israel.

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Sajid Javid: we’re nowhere near imposing social distancing Covid rules | Coronavirus

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The government is “nowhere near” having to reimpose mandatory social distancing and home working to mitigate the threat from the Omicron Covid variant, Sajid Javid has said, adding that he hoped other new measures could be removed within weeks.

Beginning a morning of media interviews after Boris Johnson announced rules to combat the variant, including compulsory masks on public transport and in shops, the health secretary called the plans “proportionate and balanced”.

They were intended, he said, to “buy time” for scientists to better study the Omicron variant and see how much of an extra risk it imposes.

Speaking a day after the first UK cases of the new variant were reported, Javid told Sky’s Trevor Phillips on Sunday show that there were no plans for extra restrictions, such as social distancing, wearing masks in pubs or working from home.

“We know now that those type of measures do carry a very heavy price, both economically, socially, in terms of non-Covid health outcomes such as the impact on mental health,” Javid said.

“If one was to make decisions like that, it would have to be done very, very carefully. We’re not there that. We’re nowhere near that.”

While there are concerns that the number of mutations in the Omicron variant might make it resist some Covid vaccines, Javid said that even if this was the case, vaccines were still likely to give some protection.

The booster jabs programme, currently limited to people aged 40 or over, or with health vulnerabilities, was to be extended, Javid said. The Joint Committee on Vaccines and Immunisation, the government’s vaccines watchdog, had been asked to provide “very quick advice on broadening our booster programme, and I expect to get that advice imminently”, he said.

Javid said he was confident that the return of mandatory mask use in England from Tuesday would be respected, despite low compliance rates in places where it has remained compulsory, such as on London transport services.

“Over the past few days, people would have been able to see and understand the concerns around this new variant,” he said. “I think that will encourage people to listen and think about some of the new measures, and take them very seriously.”

Such rules were intended to be temporary, Javid added: “I hope this is something we can remove within weeks.”

The emergence of the variant reinforced the message that countries and people would have to “learn to live with” Covid, as they did with seasonal flu, Javid said.

He added: “Of course it is not flu and we need to learn more about it. But we have many more measures and tools in the box today than we had even this time last year – the vaccines, the antivirals. We understand more about it, so we will learn to live with this.”

Asked if he could guarantee people would be able to see families and other loved ones at Christmas, Javid said: “You ask me for guarantees and I think it’s fair to say that the nature of this pandemic is that it would be irresponsible to make guarantees. What I can tell you is that the actions we have taken, the proportionate and balanced actions, will buy us time.

“It will give us the precious weeks our scientists need to assess this variant. I think people should continue with their plans as normal for Christmas. It’s going to be a great Christmas.”

Speaking separately, in an interview with the Mail on Sunday, Javid said he hoped rules coming in from the spring which will make Covid vaccinations mandatory for frontline NHS and care staff would not cause significant staff shortages.

He said: “It’s hard to know. As a country we haven’t done anything like this before.

“If I look at other countries … so France did something similar and in three or four months they went from, I think it was something like 70% vaccinated to 99.8% vaccinated. I hope we’ll have a similar response.”

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