Bengaluru: As COVID-19 positive cases have slowly been decreasing in Karnataka, praises from across the country have been pouring in for the state and its health department.

Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan on Wednesday appreciated the Karnataka government over measures taken to control COVID-19.  

The Health Minister has advised the state government to formulate sensible strategies during the upcoming festive season and winter, as there are chances of a spike in new cases.

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Harsh Vardhan held a video conference with Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar and officials of the department to discuss the steps taken to contain COVID-19 and preparations underway for vaccine distribution in the state.

“Infection and mortality rate have been reduced after a spike; strict measures are to be implemented for complete control in the future. We should formulate sensible strategies during the upcoming festive season and winter. Also, there is a need to keep vigil on the interstate and international passengers. ILI and SARI cases to be identified and make them undergo COVID-19 testing to control the spread of the infection” Harsh Vardhan stated in the video conference.

Meanwhile, Karnataka reported 3,377 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday taking the total number of cases to 8,35,773. With 34 new deaths, the toll rose to 11,281.

According to the health department, as many as 8,045 persons were discharged on Wednesday taking the total number of recoveries to 7,88,780. Of the remaining 35,693 active cases, 928 are being monitored in ICUs.