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Senior physician and member of the COVID Clinical Expert Committee, Dr. GB Sattur, welcomes the government’s decision to reopen schools.

Hubballi: Senior physician, diabetologist, and member of the COVID Clinical Expert Committee, Dr. GB Sattur, welcomed the state government’s decision to reopen schools.

Dr. Sattur, who has been at the forefront of the fight against novel coronaviruses, has been advising people on how to stay safe from the virus.

Dr. Sattur welcomed the state government’s decision to reopen the schools in Bengaluru that were shut following a surge in COVID cases. He said it was a very logical decision taken by the government and he complimented Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai and Health Minister Dr. K Sudhkar for WHO-like guidelines.

I’d like to thank the Chief Minister, Bommaiji, and the Health Minister, Dr. Sudhakar, for their excellent guidelines along with international standards. WHO has always supported keeping schools open. Children need peer interaction more than adults. With a minimum COVID risk in them, active school hours are very essential and offer holistic benefits, “he said.

Important points from the meeting on the COVID-19 situation, chaired by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.

*The recovery rate is high, and there is a drop in active cases.

*The rate of hospitalization cases has reduced to 2%. In this background, the following decisions have been taken at the meeting with the experts.

*It has been decided to cancel the night curfew in Bengaluru from January 31.

*Decision was taken to open schools and colleges in Bengaluru from January 31.

*Metro rail and other public transport systems could operate with full seating capacity.

*The 50% limit on seating capacity in bars, pubs, clubs, restaurants, and hotels is to be withdrawn.

*However, the 50% capacity limit would continue for cinema halls, multiplexes, theaters, and auditoriums.

*Gatherings at marriages would have a limit of 300 in open spaces and 200 in closed premises.

*The 50% limit on attendance in government offices has been canceled, and they will function with 100% of staff.

*Darshan and other services at religious places would be allowed with an entry limit of 50% of capacity.

*No permission for social, religious, and political rallies, dharnas, conventions, and protests.

*Swimming pools and gyms would be allowed to operate at 50% capacity.

*Sports complexes and stadiums could hold events with 50% capacity audiences.

*Strict vigilance would be maintained at the borders with Kerala, Maharashtra, and Goa.

*Decision taken to reserve 25% of beds in private hospitals for treatment of COVID-infected patients.

*Instructions issued to ensure proper treatment for non-Covid patients.

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