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Karnataka Schools On High Alert As Covid-19 Sub Variant JN.1 Surges

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The Associated Managements of Primary & Secondary Schools in Karnataka (KAMS) has issued a precautionary advisory due to a surge in Covid-19 cases, specifically the Sub Variant JN.1. In response, schools across the state are now on high alert, implementing measures to safeguard students and prevent the further spread of the virus.

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Amid the rising cases, KAMS has emphasized the importance of prioritizing the health and well-being of students. Schools are urged to restrict attendance for unwell students and implement regular temperature checks, mandatory mask-wearing, and thorough sanitization of school premises. Acknowledging the imminent Christmas Day celebrations and winter vacations, the advisory stresses the need for schools to educate parents about the increased risk and encourage vigilance, advising them to avoid crowded places.

Covid-19 JN.1 variant: Advisory issued for Karnataka schools | Bengaluru -

Source: Hindustan Times

The advisory outlines procedures for managing unwell students within school premises. If a student feels unwell during classes, they are to be promptly directed to an isolation room, provided with first aid, and their parents notified immediately. As the holiday season approaches, schools are reminded to take extra precautions upon the return of students who may have traveled from other states or countries.

The General Secretary of KAMS, D. Shashi Kumar, has called upon school managements to exercise extra caution during school trips. Schools are instructed to adhere to government guidelines and equip themselves with portable oxygen kits and emergency medical supplies. This directive aims to ensure the safety of students and staff, mitigating the potential impact of the virus during any school-related travel.

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Turning attention to the broader national context, India has reported 19 cases of the Covid-19 Sub Variant JN.1 in Goa, with single cases in Kerala and Maharashtra. NITI Aayog member (Health) Dr. V K Paul reassures the public, starting on Wednesday, that there is no need to panic. Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya has taken a proactive stance by reviewing the preparedness of health facilities across the country, emphasizing the importance of remaining vigilant against emerging strains of the coronavirus.

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