Karnataka Mulls Booster Shots For Frontline Workers Amid Cluster Outbreaks, Omicron Threat

Karnataka Bengaluru Latest News Today: We feel that at least the frontline and health workers should get the booster or third dose of Covid vaccination. It has been discussed with experts in the task force meetings, CM Bommai said.

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Bengaluru: In the wake of increasing coronavirus cases across the state, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Bommai on Wednesday stated that Covid booster doses are required for the frontline health workers. The chief minister asserted that he will discuss the matter with Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on December 2, Thursday. "I will be in the national capital on December 2 and will call on the Union Health Minister. I will discuss giving the booster doses to the health workers and Covid warriors. I will also discuss the scientific progress and the opinion of the Union government on booster doses," he told reporters today.

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He added, "We feel that at least the frontline and health workers should get the booster or third dose of Covid vaccination. It has been discussed with experts in the task force meetings. They have given the opinion that health workers should be administered booster doses."

Bommai's statement comes as the increasing number of clusters in the state have become a cause of worry for the Health Department. Earlier on Tuesday, 15 students from Kerala studying nursing courses in the Tumkur district of the state had tested positive for Covid-19 there.

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Last week, more than 280 cases of Covid were also reported in Dharwad medical college. The authorities, however, heaved a sigh of relief as the infection did not spread out of the campus in the residential areas. Meanwhile, the state government has initiated stringent measures along the border areas of Kerala and Maharashtra to contain the spread of the virus.

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COVID-19 Cases in Karnataka

Karnataka logged 291 new COVID-19 cases and eight deaths yesterday, taking the total number of infections to 29,96,148 and the toll to 38,211. The day also saw 745 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries in the state so far to 29,51,492, a health department bulletin said. Bengaluru Urban continued to top the list in number of cases (185), as the city saw 654 discharges and 6 deaths.

The total number of active cases is now 6,416. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 0.47 per cent, the Case Fatality Rate (CFR) was 2.74 per cent.

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Published Date:December 1, 2021 2:19 PM IST

Updated Date:December 1, 2021 2:22 PM IST

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