Bengaluru: Karnataka Minister for Primary and Higher Education BC Nagesh on Monday stated that the state government will once again close down schools and colleges if there is a further increase in the number of COVID cases in the state and it poses threat to students.

The state is seeing a rise in the number of cases and including the new Omicron variant of the virus.

Speaking to the media reporters on Monday at the Vidhan Soudha in the state capital, the minister noted that the virus was not found in any government schools. “Cases were detected in some residential schools and appropriate action was taken at the earliest in that regard. Students were safe and were provided necessary treatment. I will be taking this matter up with the officials. Will direct them to implement all the measures of COVID guideline strictly.”

“Some of the students, teachers, and staffs of schools and colleges in the state have tested positive for the virus and this has triggered panic among the parents. We will not risk the lives of the students and any measure needed to ensure the safety of students will be undertaken. If need be, we will close down schools and colleges again and we will postpone exams in such circumstances,” he added

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Davanagere: Two sanitation workers died after exposure to toxic air while they were cleaning a municipality drainagein Basavanakote village of Jagaluru taluk on Monday evening.

The deceased sanitation workers have been identified as Sathyappa (45) and Mailappa (42).

The duo is said to have been working without taking precautionary measures, as ordered by the panchayat development officer (PDO).

The workers were admitted to the government hospital in Arasikere on having fallen ill after breathing the toxic air of the drainage. Since their condition worsened, they were shifted to the Davanagere district government hospital, but the workers died, having failed to respond to the treatment.

The locals have blamed the government officer for the workers’ death, saying, “The sanitation workers went ahead with their work as ordered by the PDO, without any masks and gloves. The negligible attitude and lapse on the part of the PDO has caused the death of the workers.”

Bilichodu Police have filed a case in this regard and the investigation is underway.