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Establishments With More Than Five Cases Of Covid To Be Considered As Containment Zones

According to the deputy commissioner,  hostels, hotels, resorts, malls, educational institutions and any type of institution for that matter will be treated as containment zones if more than five cases are reported from within their confines. A list of staff and students from Kerala will be submitted to the District Health and Family Welfare Officer and the management of these institutions will be held responsible for ensuring that the said guidelines are followed. The Deputy Commissioner also explained that it is the staff of these institutions who will have to pay for the RT-PCR tests that will be conducted.

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In addition to the lists of students and staff from Kerala in hostels and adjacent educational institutions, a list of workers who come from Kerala and are working in hotels and malls will also be obtained. These lists will be then submitted to primary health care officials so as to ensure the conduction of the much required RT-PCR tests. For those passengers arriving from Kerala into Dakshina Kannada through the Talapady Toll Gate, the DC has asked the formation of a special team to conduct random RT-PCR and RAT testing to better track the spread of the virus. 

The deputy commissioner also warned about possible violations of the enforced guidelines will surely result in strict action being taken under the Epidemic Diseases Act. therefore, schools and other educational institutions now have to submit a list of students who are from Kerala to the department of health while also making sure that the RT-PCR tests are conducted every 15 days. Those staying in lodges and employed in hotels and of Kerala origin will have to compulsorily produce negative test results of RT-PCR tests.

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