Bengaluru, Nov 27: As a precautionary measure, the authorities in Karnataka have made Covid test compulsory for all passengers arriving from Kerala and Maharashtra, officials said on Saturday.
An official said awareness, along with vaccination, is necessary amid fears of the new Omicron variant, as well as Covid outbreak at a medical college in Dharwad, Mysuru and Bengaluru institutions.
BBMP Commissioner Gaurav Gupta has issued directions in this regard to the officials on Saturday.
He has given instructions on deputing special teams at major bus stops, terminals and railway stations to check the passengers and conduct Covid tests.
Addressing a virtual meeting, he stated that he had discussed with Bengaluru Urban District Commissioner in connection with conducting tests in the outskirts and borders of the city. The officials should ensure precautions to contain the new variant, he said.
Bengaluru has witnessed 160 Covid cases in the past week.
However, the city recorded 224 cases on Friday and more cases were found in the Anekal region. The officers will have to be vigilant, he said.
The precautionary measures should be implemented to see to it that no cluster of Covid cases comes up.
Currently, there are 63 containment zones in the city and they have to be managed appropriately, Gupta said.
The officials will have to take the call to send samples for genomic sequencing to find out new variant, he said.