state to Bengaluru must be in possession of RT-PCR negative
report, Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister
K Sudhakar said on Thursday.
The Minister who held a meeting to review Covid-19
containment measures in the city, said it has been decided to
hand-stamp infected persons residing in Bruhat Bengaluru
Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits.
"Nearly 1,400 cases have been reported in Bengaluru (on
Wednesday), which is the highest in the last 4 months.
There is a spike in cases everyday. It is increasingly
found in passengers arriving in the city from other states,"
"As of now, restriction is for Maharashtra, Kerala,
Punjab and Chandigarh. But now going forward, it is applicable
to all states," he was quoted as saying by his office in a
A restriction of 200 people for functions in closed
premises and 500 people for functions in open space premises
has been imposed, the Minister said adding every ward has been
provided with one ambulance.
It can also be increased depending on the number of
cases, he said.
"Certain places which have high footfall and dense public
places will be sanitized to control the spread. Information
regarding the availability of beds and ICUs will be made
People''s cooperation is crucial to make Namma (our)
Bengaluru Covid-free," he added.
Noting that it has been resolved to hand-stamp infected
people residing in BBMP limits, Sudhakar said even young and
asymptomatic persons can spread the infection if they go out.
To control such movements it is decided to stamp on hand.
Elections are not insulated from spreading infection and
it is important to restrict gatherings, he said and assured
that he would speak to Election Commission officials in this
"We have also requested film stars to join hands with the
government in this fight against Covid."
Bypolls to Belgaum Lok Sabha seat, and Basavakalyan and
Maski assembly segments will be held on April 17, and the
counting of votes will take place on May 2.
Highlighting that mutant virus has been reported in India
and it is found in 700 people so far, he said according to
experts it spreads faster than the original one, and therefore
it is requested to be careful for next 2 months.
"We are tracing out 20 contacts for each infected
person," he said, adding that the government has also spoken
to private hospitals to be on standby, though the cases are
not as huge as it was in the beginning, they have to be ready.