The Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has asked the Karnataka government to strictly implement the COVID norms as it is feared that the third wave of corona may hit the state in October-November. The TAC in its meeting yesterday said, if the guidelines are not followed at this stage, it will be a complete mess. Even though a small number of fresh cases are being reported daily in the state, the government should not reduce its security during festivals as it will lead to a third wave in the state.
On August 28, the central government had asked all states and union territories to ensure that no large gatherings take place and that they take proactive measures to contain the spread of coronavirus. It is important to identify the warning signs of a possible surge in new cases of infection and take appropriate measures to contain the spread. Mentioned in the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) advisories on April 25 and June 28, Union Home Secretary Ajay Bhalla had said the same while extending the COVID-19 guidelines till September 30.
Meanwhile, the committee highlighted reports of clusters from the Nursing College in Horamavu and a few apartments in Mangaluru, Bengaluru and other places. A similar scenario happened in March-April 2021, which led to a devastating second wave of COVID-19. Earlier this month the Christian Nursing College in Horamavu, Bengaluru was temporarily closed after 34 new cases were reported from the institute. Following this, Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar directed colleges to be wary of students returning from states like Kerala and Maharashtra. If reports are to be believed, the expert committee may ask the state government to take a decision in view of the situation after the Ganeshotsav celebrations.