Karnataka: Minister warns Kannada film stars against holding promotional events

Wednesday, 24 March 2021 (15:02 IST)
Bengaluru: Karnataka Minister for Health and Medical Education Dr K Sudhakar on Wednesday warned Kannada film stars against holding promotional events as such functions could become super spreaders of Coronavirus.

In a tweet, the Minister said that there are already signs that the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic is round the corner on account of the increase in the number of positive cases across the state, while on the other hand, film stars are out promoting their films and pulling large crowds.  He asked the stars and their fans to wear masks besides maintaining social distance.

The Minister also took strong exception to some of the religious festivals and jatras in which a large number of devotees participated. Necessary precautionary measures, if not taken at this hour, may lead to further strengthen the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, he warned.

Denying reports of vaccine shortage in the state, the minister clarified that Karnataka will receive four lakh doses of the COVID-19 vaccine from the Centre on Wednesday.

“The consignment of four lakh Covishield doses will arrive by a special flight on Wednesday. Apart from this, the state will receive another 12.5 lakh doses by next week,” he added.

“We have discussed this with the Centre and they have assured us that there will be no shortage of vaccines. The second wave has already begun in the state and the number of cases are increasing rapidly. People should be vigilant and follow all COVID-19 precautions and avoid functions and large public gatherings,” he added. (UNI)

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