Responding to a question on the rise in COVID-19 and omicron cases in the state, Bommai said, “It is increasing across the country, the Center has also identified Karnataka as one of the eight states. We have already taken some precautions.”
Talking to reporters here, he said that health infrastructure like beds, oxygen, medicines, ICU will have to be established in the coming days in view of the cases.
“We will take some important decisions in the coming days,” he said.
The central government on Thursday said that Maharashtra, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, Karnataka and Gujarat are emerging as states and union territories based on weekly COVID-19 cases and positivity rates.
In the letter, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan asked Delhi, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Jharkhand to remain vigilant in view of the recent increase in domestic travel and various events like weddings, celebrations and other events. The holidays have either recently ended or are underway.
Seeing a spike for the second day in a row, Karnataka on Thursday reported 707 new COVID-19 cases and three deaths, taking the total number of infections to 3,006,505 and the toll to 38,327.
Twenty-three more cases of the Omicron type of coronavirus have been detected in Karnataka on Friday. This takes the state’s number of Omicron cases to 66.