The Karnataka government has advised public to defer their plans to visit the neighbouring state till the end of October, if there is no emergency or urgency, with a view to avoiding the third wave of COVID-19 and in the larger interest of public health.
Karnataka Health Minister Sudhakar K, in a tweet, said, “Considering the prevailing situation in neighbouring Kerala, all educational institutions, hospitals, nursing homes, industries, hotels and other establishments in the state have been advised to instruct their wards to defer their travel from Kerala until the end of October 2021.”
The advisory, signed by Additional Chief Secretary, Department of Health and Family Welfare, Jawaid Akhtar, further asked the administrators or owners to advise their wards not to travel to Kerala till the end of October.
Noting that in view of the prevailing COVID-19 situation in Kerala, special measures are already in place for arrivals from there.
The state health department said, it has been observed that students and employees arriving from the neighbouring state though bringing negative RT-PCR reports, they are testing COVID positive during repeat tests and number of such cases are considerably high in Dakshina Kannada and Udupi.