Karnataka chief minister Basavaraj Bommai on Thursday directed officials to allow people coming from neighbouring states but only after Covid-19 tests. The chief minister also said that there is a need to take extra precautionary measures in the border regions due to spike in coronavirus disease cases in neighbouring states.
CM Basavaraj was was in Dakshina Kannada district, which borders Kerala, to review the Covid-19 situation. "Our objective is to completely control Covid-19 in Dakshina Kannada district. There is a need to take extra precautionary measures in the border regions," he told reporters.
Bommai has been visiting various districts of Karnataka to assess Covid-19 situation in the ground. He recently went to Mysuru.
The Chief Minister congratulated district officials and others who set up the 'world class ICU' in Wenlock Madison Hospital. He also said that the government intends to set up ICU units at district and Taluk hospitals across the state.
The Chief Minister also told reporters that the government is planning to launch a new scheme for children.
"We have started the 'Vatsalya' scheme in Udupi and neighbouring areas, under which children will undergo all the (health) tests. It also includes setting up paediatric health centres. Once I reach Bengaluru, we will start it across the state," he said.
Bommai also chaired a meeting with the officials on the COVID-19 situation and gave them a set of directions.
Meanwhile, the Dakshina Kannada district bordering Kerala, continues to top the daily COVID-19 cases in Karnataka, as the state reported 1,826 new cases and 33 deaths, taking the total number of infections to 29,22,875 and death toll to 36,881, the health department said on Wednesday.
The day also saw 1,618 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 28,63,117.
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