Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Saturday directed the administrations of districts bordering Kerala, that has seen a spurt in COVID-19 cases, to take up special surveillance measures, aimed at controlling the spread of the infection. “There is a spurt in the number of COVID cases in Kerala in the last one week. It is a cause of worry. We have to take it very seriously. The borders have to be monitored strictly. I have ordered senior officials- Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police to take the responsibility,” Bommai said.Also Read - Federal Judge Delays Vaccine Mandate For New York City School Teachers

Speaking to reporters after a meeting on the COVID situation in eight districts, especially those bordering Kerala and others where effects can be felt, on his arrival from Delhi, he said, Assistant Commissioners and DySPs should supervise every day, and District Health Officers (DHOs) should ensure health units for testing. Also Read - China Defends Visa Curbs Against Stranded Indians, Says 'Appropriate' to Combat COVID-19

Here’s a list of the eight Karnataka districts bordering Kerala that have been directed to take up special surveillance measures: Also Read - Karnataka Lockdown LATEST Update: Bengaluru Covid Curfew Extended Till THIS Date. Check Details

  1. Bengaluru Urban
  2. Chikkamagaluru
  3. Dakshina Kannada
  4. Chamarajanagara
  5. Kodagu
  6. Mysuru
  7. Shivamogga
  8. Udupi

“Medical infrastructure has to be improved in these districts and vaccinations have to be increased….in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi the positivity rate has increased to 4-4.5 per cent in the last three to four days and is a cause of concern. So we will have to take measures to control it,” the CM added. Senior government officials and Deputy Commissioners of the above mentioned eight districts were present in the video conferencing.

Stricter measures for travellers crossing Kerala border from Sunday

Stating that he had spoken to the Union Health Minister today on increase in vaccination supply and that he has agreed to it, Bommai said with enough vaccines, the state would be able to control the spread of COVID. Noting that all these days those having taken one dose of vaccine were allowed to cross the border with Kerala, he said from Sunday, only those with a certificate of having taken two doses will be allowed and they should have RT-PCR negative certificate not more than 72 hours old.

“Those travelling across the borders at places like in Dakshina Kannada, we had earlier said they should undergo RT- PCR test once in 14 days and have negative certificate. It has now been reduced to seven days. Also, random testing will be increased in check posts at the boarder areas,” he said. Instructions have been given on having oxygen plants and beds and strictly managing micro containment zones, tracking and tracing, he said, adding that COVID norms like social distancing and wearing masks should be strictly implemented.

Some more important points from Karnataka CM’s address on Saturday:

  1. Check posts will be set up in districts neighboring border districts also, double checks will be done on vehicles, especially those coming from Kerala.
  2. Further, resorts and home stays while accepting bookings should check for RT-PCR negative certificate and vaccination certificates.
  3. Bommai said similar measures will be put in place in districts bordering Maharashtra like Belagavi, Vijayapura, Kalaburagi and Bidar.
  4. Stating that the current COVID measures (restrictions and permissions) are in place till August 2 as per the previous order, he said it will be extended for two more weeks and further decisions will be taken, based on the situation.
  5. Noting that measures are being taken to control the infection among the children in the possible third wave, the Chief Minister said, 72 per cent of government school teachers have been vaccinated so far and instructions have been given to scale it up to 100 per cent in 15 days.

(Based on PTI inputs)