Bengaluru, Dec 22: Following the sudden surge in Covid-19 cases in China, US, Japan and other nations, the state government on Thursday said it has decided to make face masks mandatory in closed spaces, inlcuding airconditioned and non-airconditioned rooms.
“We are going to issue advisory to wear masks in indoor locations, closed spaces and air-conditioned rooms. Also, there will be mandatory testing of ILI and SARI cases across Karnataka,” Sudhakar said briefing reporters after a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on COVID-19.
Sudhakar said places like schools, colleges, theatres and other office spaces must follow the mandatory mask norm.
The meeting was attended by ministers, health department officials and the members of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on COVID-19.
Sudhakar said that it was also decided in the meeting to open dedicated Covid wards in all district hospitals with sufficient beds and supply of Oxygen.
There will also be a coordination with private hospitals and super speciality hospitals for reserving beds to treat Covid patients as existed during the peak of COVID a year ago, he added.