Covid: Testing begins at Talapady checkpost

Source: DHNS | Published on 30th November 2021, 12:41 PM | Coastal News |

Mangaluru: Dakshina Kannada district administration, along with health and family welfare department, has begun testing for Covid-19 at Talapady checkpost on Karnataka-Kerala border.

“The staff have been deployed to work round-the-clock in three shifts,” District Health Officer Dr Kishore Kumar told media persons at Patrika Bhavan on Monday.

All those arriving from Kerala should mandatorily produce RT-PCR negative certificate not older than 72 hours. Those who failed to possess the RT-PCR negative certificate will be tested and their samples collected for the RT-PCR test at the checkpost, he said.

All colleges, including para medical sciences, medical colleges and engineering colleges, were asked to prepare a list of students from Kerala, who were in the district since November 12.

All the students from Kerala, irrespective of previous tests, will be screened and swabs will be collected for the RT-PCR tests. Nodal officers had been deputed to colleges to coordinate between primary health centres (PHCs) and colleges.

The paramedical colleges attached to medical colleges have been asked to get the samples tested in laboratories of the medical colleges, the DHO said.

Daily commuters from Kasaragod to DK should undergo the RT-PCR tests once in 14 days. Testing at railway stations in Mangaluru will continue, Kumar added.

Vaccination certificates are mandatory to enter malls. Even in government offices, all staff were asked to get themselves administered with both doses of vaccine. The testing will continue at Mangalore International Airport (MIA). Passengers from Kerala and Maharashtra should possess Covid-19 negative certificates before boarding the flight. If they fail to possess the negative certificates, then they will be tested on their arrival in Mangaluru.

On new Covid variant Omicron, Kumar said that WHO had declared it as ‘virus of concern’. The variant reportedly has 30+ mutations in spike protein region. “People need not panic but adhere to all Covid-19 guidelines effectively,” he stressed.

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