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Caution’s the word: Sudhakar sounds alarm on 2nd Covid wave

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Health Minister urges citizens to be extra careful from Dec 20 to Jan 2, says ‘next 45 days are crucial in fight against virus’

Once again, Sudhakar brings up his ‘New Year not an Indian festival’ grouse

BENGALURU:

Making a gloomy ‘forecast’ about a second Covid-19 wave ‘during the initial months of 2021, Health and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar has urged the people of Karnataka to be “extra cautious from December 20 to January 2” as “these 15 days are going to be very crucial.”

Speaking to the media after a meeting with the Technical Advisory Committee at Vidhana Soudha on Friday, Sudhakar noted that the winter months of December, January and February are conducive to the spread of the virus, and the next 45 days would be crucial in containing it. Other countries are experiencing a second wave 45-90 days after the first, and the TAC report also indicates the possibility of a second wave in Karnataka, he said.

Reiterating the do’s and don’ts, the Minister said public gatherings during the 15 days (from December 20) must be organized with utmost care, marriage functions should not exceed 100 attendees, religious occasions and political events should not exceed 200 attendees, and guidelines like masks and social distancing should be meticulously followed.

‘NY fete not apt’

Alongside, Sudhakar brought up his earlier argument that “New Year celebrations are meaningless”, and that “New Year is not a festival for Indians”. He said “there is no meaning in celebrations when there is loss of lives and livelihoods in society. It is meaningless to celebrate the new year at this juncture.”

‘1 lakh daily tests target’

Among other points, the Minister said private hospitals would be instructed to increase the number of Covid beds if the need arises. Covid testing will continue till February-end, and the aim is to conduct 1 lakh RT-PCR tests daily.

He said a decision would be taken in the third week of December on whether to reopen schools and colleges.

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