Karnataka Lockdown News Today: Soon after two cases of Omicron variant were detected in the state, alarmed Karnataka Chief Minister Basavraj Bommai on Thursday said his state administration will issue new Covid-19 guidelines. As per reports, the state is likely to impose fresh restrictions to combat the further spread of the variant.Also Read - Moderna Begins Next Phase of Omicron-specific Booster Trial in Adults After Pfizer-BioNTech | Read Details

Giving further details, Besavaraj Bommai said the Omicron variant has posed a new challenge for the state but his  administration is ready to tackle the crisis. Also Read - Omicron Infected Have Significant Immune Response, Can Neutralise Delta Variant: ICMR Study

Speaking at an event, the chief minister said the state has been testing international travellers coming from ‘at-risk’ countries. His statement came after 2 cases of Omicron variant were detected in Karnataka. Also Read - Will Schools in Delhi Reopen as COVID Cases Decline? Sisodia to Discuss Matter With DDMA Today

On the other hand, State Health Minister K Sudhakar said Chief Minister Bommai will announce fresh Covid-19 guidelines soon. He added that CM Bommai held a meeting with the union health minister and discussed steps to contain infections.

However, Sudhakar added that big conventions, indoor gatherings should be restricted and everyone should maintain all precautions against Covid-19.

Giving further details, Sudhakar said a meeting chaired by the chief minister, health department and BBMP will be held on Friday and will take a call on what needs to be done further.

Earlier in the day, Health Ministry announced that two cases of the new Omicron variant have been detected in Karnataka. The ministry added that both the patients are men aged 66 years and 46 years with mild symptoms.

The chief minister further stated that the state government is ready for it but the state is careful and on alert regarding tracking and testing.

He said the state will have to keep a sharp vigil on people coming from South Africa and European countries. “Travellers from foreign countries need to be monitored,” he added.

In the wake of the new crisis, Bommai called on Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya and discussed about the new COVID-19 variant ‘Omicron’.

He said the health minister told him that the Centre is watching the current developments and a decision on administering COVID-19 booster dose to health workers will be taken after discussion with expert committees.

“I discussed two issues. One was about controlling the spread of COVID-19 and the other was about the new variant,” the chief minister said.