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Karnataka – wearing of face masks mandatory for people above 60 & those with comorbidities

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By uday

The Karnataka government issued a directive on Monday, stating that individuals above the age of 60, with comorbidities, and experiencing symptoms such as cough, phlegm, and fever, must wear face masks. This decision comes in response to detecting a case of the COVID-19 sub-variant JN.1 in neighboring Kerala.

Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao informed reporters that officials have been instructed to conduct increased testing among individuals displaying these symptoms and suspected cases. Additionally, heightened surveillance measures will be implemented in border districts. The situation is being closely monitored, and there are no restrictions on movement or gatherings. However, the government will release an advisory in due course.

Rao reassured the public that there was no cause for concern. A meeting was held two days ago, and the technical advisory committee, led by Dr. K. Ravi, convened yesterday to discuss the necessary measures.

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Man wearing a mask during the COVID-19” by U.S. Forest Service (source)/ CC0 1.0

The government has communicated the mandatory mask-wearing requirement to the public and instructed hospitals and health centers to be prepared. Furthermore, increased surveillance will be implemented in border districts such as Kodagu, Dakshina Kannada, and Chamarajanagara, which share borders with Kerala.

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