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Karnataka allowed immediately to reopen all dental and medical colleges.

Karnataka allowed immediately to reopen all dental and medical colleges.

Only those students and staff who have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine will be allowed onto campus, the government said.

All health and medical-related educational institutions in Karnataka can reopen with immediate effect, the Karnataka government announced on Friday, July 16. With this, all colleges dealing with medical, dental, AYUSH, nursing, and other allied healthcare courses can resume physical classes. However, the Government Order states that only those students and members teaching and non-teaching staff who have got at least one dosage of the COVID-19 vaccine will be allowed onto the campus.

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Institutions have also been directed to ensure strict adherence to COVID-19-appropriate behavior and safety guidelines issued by the government. The order states that those found violating the rules are liable to be charged under Sections 51 to 60 of Disaster Management Act, 2005, Section 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Indian Penal Code.

The order comes almost three months after all educational institutions in the state were ordered to remain shut from April 21, the light of the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, July 12, Deputy Chief Minister Dr. CN Ashwathnarayan told reporters that colleges in the state would reopen once all students and teaching and non-teaching staff have been vaccinated. “We are in process of preparing for the reopening of colleges. The examinations are going on as per schedule by several academy. The vaccination plan has been going on inviting students to get vaccinated,” he said. He had also directed the vice-chancellors of institutions to vaccinate students above 18 years of age before July 7.

On July 14, Karnataka reported 1,977 new COVID-19 cases, of which 462 were from Bengaluru Urban. With this, the total number of positive instances stands at 12,20,960 in the state. Of the 48 deaths reported in Karnataka, Dakshina Kannada said seven, followed by Mysuru (5), Belagavi (4), Chikkaballapura, and Shivamogga (3), among the districts. While the test positivity rate for the day stood at 1.42%, the case fatality rate was 2.42%.

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