The Karnataka government has issued a revised circular for people arriving from neighbouring Kerala, which has been contributing over 50 per cent of new cases and a third of deaths being reported across the country. The latest guidelines mandate people arriving from Kerala to produce negative RT-PCR reports not older than 72 hours, irrespective of the vaccination status. The passengers will also have to undergo one-week compulsory home quarantine, according to the new SOP. Students and employees arriving from Kerala will have to undergo institutional quarantine, the arrangements of which will be made by the educational institution and respective companies to which they are part, the directive said. The new SOPs were shared by the Bengaluru airport on Twitter.
TN to hire 10,000 personnel for temple security
As many as 10,000 personnel would be recruited to provide security for temples and donations of gold, barring those needed for worship, shall be deposited in banks and the interest earned utilised for development initiatives of shrines, Hindu Religious and Charitable Endowments Minister P K Sekar Babu announced. A monthly incentive of Rs 1,000 would be provided to priests serving in 12,959 temples covered under a scheme that ensures pooja for a single time in a day and an allocation of £1.3 million shall be made, he said. This announcement on personnel for security purposes comes against the backdrop of ancient idols and precious items owned by temples getting stolen in the past. Several idols smuggled out of the country from various shrines have been brought back in recent years.