Covid-19: Dakshina Kannada to increase surveillance at Kerala border | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: As Covid-19 cases are being reported in large numbers in the northern parts of Kerala, Dakshina Kannada district in Karnataka has decided to increase surveillance on its border with the neighbouring state.
Deputy commissioner of Dakshina Kannada, KV Rajendra, Mangaluru City police commissioner Shashi Kumar, District Health Officer (DHO) Ramachandra Bairy and District Medical Officer (DMO) Dr Sadashiva held a meeting on Monday and decided that students of colleges and other institutions in the district should be restricted from travelling to Kerala frequently.
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“Ours is a border district which is vulnerable to the virus infection. We must manage the traffic movement between the two states without causing inconvenience to people,” deputy commissioner KV Rajendra said.
“Similarly, we also must follow the unlock guidelines to conduct tests for Covid-19. Hence, I have convened a meeting of officials from the police, health and revenue departments,” he said.
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Those who travel to Kerala will be made to undergo Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) tests, and the district administration has decided to conduct Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) for daily commuters.
“We have many colleges where more than 8,000 students from Kerala are studying. A drive will be carried out to make them undergo tests for Covid-19. They will have to bring RT-PCR negative certificates to enter campuses,” Rajendra said.
On daily commuters, who travel in buses between Kasaragod and Mangaluru, the DC said the district administration has plans to make them undergo tests at least once in 15 days.
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“During lockdown period, nearly 1,500 daily commuters had applied for passes to travel to Mangaluru. We will designate officers to collect details of those daily commuters and make them undergo tests,” Rajendra said.
“We have been facing several practical difficulties when it comes to daily commuters between Kerala and Dakshina Kannada. However, we will do our best to control the spread of the virus,” he said.
Kerala on Monday reported 3,742 new Covid-19 cases, taking the total number of cases reported so far in the state to 65,414.
Five states account for 81 per cent of the total Covid-19 active cases in the country. Kerala and Maharashtra cumulatively account for 70 per cent of the total active cases of India, reported PTI.

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