In a somber revelation, Karnataka Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao announced the unfortunate demise of a 64-year-old man in Bengaluru due to Covid-19 infection. The resident of Chamarajpet passed away on December 15, and while the cause of death is confirmed as Covid-19, it remains unclear if the new subvariant JN.1 was a contributing factor.
Rao stressed the need for increased genome sequencing to understand the spread of the infection, especially in border districts like Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu, Chamarajanagara, and Mysuru. The state government issued advisories, urging citizens above 60, those with comorbidities, pregnant women, and lactating mothers, to wear face masks outdoors and avoid closed, poorly ventilated spaces and crowded areas.
As Karnataka takes proactive measures, it emerges as a leader in testing, conducting over 1,000 tests in the last 24 hours. The government aims to escalate testing to 5,000 per day by Saturday, enhancing the state’s ability to monitor and manage the situation effectively.
As citizens brace for the evolving situation, Rao emphasizes that there is no need for panic. While New Year celebrations are currently unrestricted, wearing masks, especially in crowded places, is encouraged. The government will consider quarantine rules and protocols if the severity of infection and hospitalization increases.
In this challenging time, NetieNews.com encourages everyone to stay informed, follow health guidelines, and prioritize safety to collectively navigate through the ongoing battle against the Covid-19 pandemic.
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