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BENGALURU: Marshals are deployed in wedding halls to ensure COVID guidelines are followed, said Minister of Health and Medical Education Dr. K Sudhakar.

He spoke to the media on Monday after a video conference with all district administrations.

No more than 500 people can attend a gathering, and face masks are mandatory for all. Catering service providers are also instructed to get tested before providing any services, he said.

The minister called for people to work together and said it was crucial to prevent another lockdown.

“People attending large gatherings are not following the guidelines. In fact, people would urge me to remove the face mask when attending an event. Hence, it is necessary to use a marshal. Congregations and gatherings are found to be in violation against Covid guidelines. “Sudhakar added,” We may need to enforce strict guidelines if cases increase. We don’t want a situation like the one in Maharashtra, where lockdowns have been reintroduced in certain areas. “

He clarified that there are no restrictions on travel to Maharashtra and Kerala, but the RT-PCR test report is mandatory upon entry into the state. Schools are opening gradually and no increase in cases has been reported so far. The government is taking measures to prevent a second possible wave of COVID in the state. The center will shortly decide to vaccinate the general public from March onwards.

More than 4.24 lakh health workers and 1.20 lakh frontline warriors have received the first dose of the COVID vaccine. The minister said his department was cleaning up registration data by eliminating duplicate entries. They have a target of 80% and 90% coverage, respectively, for health department workers and frontline warriors by the end of this month. All officials have been asked to receive the dose, a press release from the minister’s office said.

He also said Prime Minister BS Yediyurappa is monitoring the vaccination campaign himself and will hold a video conference with officials this weekend.

“Bagalkot (23%), Bengaluru Urban (26%) and Chamrajanagar (27%) are the vaccines that lag behind. Bagalakote, Bengaluru, Dharawada have coverage of less than 50%. Uttara Kannada (73%), Gadag (71%), Chikkamagalur (70%) and Chamarajnagar (70%) have more than 70% Gadag (84%) and Tumkur (71%). All districts a

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