Karnataka: CM hints at lockdown, Omicron threat big

With the threat of the new Omicron variant of coronavirus looming large, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Tuesday hinted at implementing more restrictions across the state to reduce the spread of the strain.

Bengaluru:Speaking to the reporters, CM Bommai, while referring to the clusters emerging in the state and threats of new variant ‘Omicron’, asserted that the government has to manage things at two levels to control the further spread of the pandemic.

“Instructions have been given to increase the number of tests per day. The Health Minister will be holding a meeting with officials and experts, the outcome of which will be shared with me, following which we may take certain decisions keeping in view the current circumstances,” Bommai stated.

He, however, ruled out the possibility of reimposing lockdown in the state. Speaking to reporters here, he said lockdown or any such measures that are being speculated, are not before the government. “There is no question of it, as of now.

Normal public life should continue, but COVID norms should be followed at places where people gather, also organizations of such gatherings should be responsible. We are taking utmost precautions, and wherever clusters have emerged, we will keep extra vigil there,” the chief minister added.

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