*Precautionary measures to contain spread of mutated variant of Corona virus: Health Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar*
*No need to panic, but follow precautions*
*Bengaluru, December 21, Monday*
In the wake of emergence of new variant of corona virus in the UK, Health and Family Welfare Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar held a meeting with Technical Advisory Committee of Health and Family Welfare Department.
Speaking to media after the meeting Minister said that initial studies in the UK suggest that the virus may be more contagious than the present one but not more virulent.
In order to contain the spread of new variant of virus, centre has suspended flights originating from the UK from Tuesday midnight till 31st December. As a precautionary measure state govt has mandated RT-PCR test and quarantine for travellers from UK, Denmark and Netherlands, minister explained.
On Monday 291 and 296 people have arrived from British Airways and Air India respectively. 136 of them have not submitted negative test report. Travellers who have arrived in the state from these three countries in the last 14 days will be traced within next 24 hours and subjected to RT-PCR test. While there is no need to panic I urge people to continue to follow all precautionary measures and stay safe, minister added.
Kiosks will be opened to screen international travellers at Airports. Strict action will be taken against the owners of Hotels, resorts and pubs who have violated government guildlines for Christmas and new year celebrations, minister warned.
Responding to media’s question on lockdown and decision on reopening schools, Minister said that there is no need for lockdown now and government will consult technical advisory committe again in next 2-3 days regarding reopening schools.