In a recent development, the Karnataka government has issued a new directive targeting individuals aged 60 and above, especially those with pre-existing health conditions. The advisory strongly encourages this age group, experiencing symptoms such as cough, phlegm, and fever, to prioritize the use of face masks as a precautionary measure.

This decision comes in the wake of the identification of a case involving the COVID-19 sub-variant JN.1 in the neighboring state of Kerala. Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao has underscored the importance of vigilance and proactive measures to curb the potential spread of the virus in Karnataka.

Minister Rao emphasized the need for an upsurge in testing, particularly among individuals displaying symptoms, and heightened surveillance in districts bordering other states. While urging citizens to be cautious, he reassured the public that, at present, there are no imminent plans to impose restrictions on movement or gatherings.

The government is closely monitoring the situation and has committed to releasing an advisory, making it mandatory for individuals falling within the specified age group and health conditions to wear face masks. Further actions will be determined based on the evolving circumstances, with a commitment to prioritizing public safety.

The objective of these measures is to keep the public well-informed and prepared for any potential escalation of the situation. Regular updates will be provided to ensure transparency and foster a sense of community responsibility in the face of the ongoing challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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As the government strives to strike a balance between protecting public health and maintaining normalcy, citizens are urged to stay vigilant, adhere to recommended guidelines, and cooperate with authorities to collectively navigate through these uncertain times. The government remains committed to the well-being of its citizens and will continue to implement necessary measures to safeguard public health.