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Flatmate, colleague of Covid-19 positive patient in Hyderabad, test negative in Bengaluru

  • Karnataka’s medical education minister Dr.Sudhakar says there is no positive Covid-19 case in the state yet
  • The state govt has gone into an overdrive to contain and deal with the spread of the virus by putting in place several measures

BENGALURU : The Karnataka health department on Wednesday said that tests conducted on two individuals, who had come in contact with the Bengaluru-based techie to have been infected with Covid-19, have tested negative.

The flatmate of the patient, currently in Hyderabad, was asymptomatic, said health department officials.

“There is no positive Covid-19 positive case in Karnataka yet," said Dr.Sudhakar, Karnataka’s medical education minister.

The government added that the test results of one of the 25 colleagues of the COVID-19 positive patient, who showed symptoms, has also been negative.

The statements bring some relief to the city at a time when several new cases have been reported across the country, heightening the fear around the virus that has so far claimed over 3,000 lives globally.

The results of two other patients--one who travelled to India from Saudi Arabia and another from Japan--lodged in a healthcare facility in Bengaluru are still awaited.

One Iranian national has already tested negative and reports of his mother, suspected to have contracted the virus in Iran, has also tested negative, officials said. They added that they would be able to release the Iranian national only after mandatory clearances are given.

The Karnataka government, like many other states, has gone into an overdrive to contain and deal with the spread of the virus by putting in place several measures.

Sudhakar had earlier stated that health authorities will now screen every single passenger arriving at the two main airports in the state--Bengaluru and Mangaluru--as well other points of entry including ports.

“Online Shopping of Products from the affected countries may be avoided," T.M.Vijay Bhaskar, Karnataka’s chief secretary, said in a statement on Wednesday.

He added that people residing in three kms locality will be screened and house visits will be made in the five kms buffer zone, where persons with confirmed case of this virus are spotted. The Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation, metro rail and the Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation have already taken action to clean their buses by washing with chemicals and other products, he added.

Sudhakar had earlier stated that health authorities will now screen every single passenger arriving at the two main airports in the state--Bengaluru and Mangaluru--as well other points of entry including ports.

He said that all international passengers arriving from any of the 11 most affected counties will be tested and advised to go into home isolation as a precautionary measure.

“Online Shopping of Products from the affected countries may be avoided," T.M.Vijay Bhaskar, Karnataka’s chief secretary, said in a statement on Wednesday.

He added that people residing in three kms locality will be screened and house visits will be made in the five kms buffer zone, where persons with confirmed case of this virus are spotted.

Though unverified news of companies asking their employees to work from home flew thick and fast, few corporations have actually made such an offer to its staff, let alone make it mandatory.

The Karnataka Health and Family Welfare department on Tuesday said that it was I touch with most IT companies and has issued guidelines and travel advisories.

"You should definitely send your children to school as long as they are hale and hearty," Pankaj Kumar Pandey,Commissioner for health and family welfare in Karnataka said in a Facebook address on Wednesday. "If a child has a cold, cuff or flu then don’t send them to school and send them only after they are cured, " he said.

The health department also added that it will come down hard on those spreading rumours that would add to the confusion around the crisis.

The Karnataka government said that it is coordinating with defece forces and setting up isolation wards within their respective campuses in Bengaluru and other parts of the state.

"A state nodal team and rapid response team has been formed," Sudhakar said on Wednesday in the ongoing budget session of the state legislature.

The department is conducting review meetings on a daily basis.

The state government has given orders to monitor places of mass gatherings like Airports, Bus Stations, Ports, Railway Stations, Malls and Multiplexes, which are exposed to risk and where there is chance of local transmission of this ' imported virus ', it said in a statement on Wednesday.

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