Hand stamping likely to come back


Hand stamping for the covid-positive people is set to make a comeback. The Department of Health and Family Welfare and Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) has decided to implement this shortly. Not just this, all travellers coming into Bengaluru, irrespective of the origin of their state, will have to produce a covid negative certificate (not older than 72 hours), from April 1. These decisions were taken at a high-level meeting of BBMP officials and the health department chaired by Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar on Thursday.

Sudhakar said that Bengaluru’s daily Covid score was now 1,623 which was the highest for the year. “We have found that most of the infected had a travel history to other states. Earlier, we had made covid negative certificates mandatory for Maharashtra, Kerala, Punjab and Chandigarh. Now, we want to extend this to all the inter-state travellers to Bengaluru.” As of now, this new rule will be applicable only to Bengaluru and not to other districts.

Sanitisation will be taken up in those areas where the covid cases see a surge. The health department will also coordinate with various hospitals to check the availability of ICU and beds to treat Covid patients.

On hand stamping, Sudhakar said, “Most of the infected are youth and despite being told to isolate at home, they continue to move around. Hence, the health department has come up with the hand stamping rule. We have also requested cinema stars to join hands with the government in this fight against covid. We will increase the number of beds if required. Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest diseases (RGICD), will also be utilized for covid treatment if required. We have also spoken to private hospitals to be on standby.

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Though the cases are not as huge as they were in the beginning, they have to be ready,” said the Minister. Meanwhile, Dr Sudhakar said that he has sought time to meet Chief Electoral Officer Sanjiv Kumar to discuss covid curbs during his election campaign. He also visited Victoria hospital and said that 400 beds have been dedicated to treating covid patients. In case of rising in cases, the number of beds will also be increased along with bed allocation in Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest diseases, Bowring and Charaka hospitals.

He also said that the mutant virus has been reported in India. Mutant versions have been found in 700 cases so far. As per experts, it spreads faster than the original one. Therefore, one has to be careful for the next two months. The Health department is trying to trace 20 contacts for each infected person, said the Minister.



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