Karnataka Well being Minister Ok Sudhakar on Friday mentioned to date 10 individuals who have come to the state from the UK have examined optimistic for COVID-19 and their samples have been despatched for genetic sequencing to search out out whether or not it’s a new pressure of virus that has contaminated them.
“Among the many UK returnees in line with data I’ve about 10 individuals have examined optimistic, all their samples have been despatched to NIMHANS, two to a few days are required for genetic sequencing, as soon as that (report) is out we are going to get to know whether or not it’s the second pressure, and accordingly we are going to observe mandatory procedures for remedy,” he mentioned.
Chatting with reporters, Mr Sudhakar mentioned, issues referring to this second pressure have been nonetheless being studied and in line with preliminary research the variant of South African origin was extra intensive than the one discovered within the UK.
“Based mostly on the ultimate reviews we get, we are going to take mandatory steps. Have belief within the authorities, earlier than taking any determination we expect hundred occasions. Defending the well being of the individuals is our major precedence,” he added.
The Minister had lately mentioned that about 2,500 individuals have come to the state from the UK from November 25 to December 22 in two flights-Air India and British Airways that function, and efforts have been on to hint, monitor their well being and topic them to assessments.
The state authorities had introduced to impose night time curfew amid issues over a brand new COVID-19 variant spreading within the UK, however on Thursday it determined to withdraw the curfew simply six hours earlier than it was to kick in, amid opposition from varied quarters together with opposition events and a bit of media.
Making an attempt to defend the choice to impose night time curfew, Mr Sudhakar mentioned, closure of financial actions will trigger loss to the federal government too, regardless of that the administration had determined to go forward with the measure holding in thoughts the general public well being.
“Is it not the obligation of the federal government to remind individuals about following guidelines and tips within the given scenario,” he requested.
Apparently, a number of ministers within the cupboard have been additionally sad with the transfer to impose night time curfew and had expressed apprehensions about it serving to in containing the virus unfold, contemplating curfew timing was between 11 pm to five am.
Responding to criticism in opposition to the federal government, the minister identified that that is the very authorities that has achieved the restoration charge of 97.5 per cent, introduced down fatality charge to 1.22 per cent.
“There’s a lockdown within the UK, since 20 days there was night time curfew in Germany are they dumb? …we’ve got not taken any political determination to date, Technical Advisory Committee consisting of public well being specialists have been consulted earlier than taking determination together with on this (night time curfew),” he mentioned.
The choice to impose curfew after 11 pm was taken holding in thoughts the general public curiosity in order to insure that standard life shouldn’t be affected, Sudhakar mentioned, including “nearly all our festivals this yr have been celebrated in a easy manner, however outrage was expressed in opposition to this night time curfew as if it was mandatory for youth need to have enjoyable or social gathering throughout the brand new yr.”
“I’ve seen feedback of some opposition leaders, if one thing occurs, they are going to be accountable,” he mentioned, including the media must also keep in mind that the federal government takes selections responsibly in public curiosity.
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