Malayali students in Mangaluru directed to undergo RT-PCR test every week

Representative Image: Samples being examined at the Genome Sequencing Lab and RT-PCR Laboratory (Photo ANI)

Mangaluru: Citing impending third wave of Covid-19, Mangaluru City Corporation has issued new guidelines on curbs to Malayali students studying in the colleges here. This comes after Karnataka administration implemented stringent curbs at Thalappady, a border region between Kerala’s Kasaragod and Karnataka.

Notably, the curbs are focused on college students coming from Kerala and Maharashtra. According to the order issued by Corporation Commissioner Akshy Sridhar, it is mandatory for the students to take RT-PCR test once in a week.

When the rationale behind choosing only the students from Kerala and Maharashtra was questioned, the explanation of the administration is that Covid-19 transmission rate is higher in these two states.

The Commissioner presented the new guidelines in the conference held in the presence of various college authorities. The conference was attended by district health officer Dr Kishore, corporation health officer Dr Ashok and corporation deputy commissioner Ajith.

The guidelines noted that the arts and cultural activities in the college should be organized only after two months. Seminars and workshops should be conducted in online mode. The authorities should ensure whether students are fully vaccinated.

Meanwhile, if there are at least 10 individuals who are not vaccinated in an area, then health department official can arrange a vehicle to inoculate them, the commissioner assured.

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