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Karnataka Comes Up With New Lockdown Plan, Districts to Wield More Control

New Lockdown-related plan chalked out in the state of Karnataka…learn more…

Tuesday, 17th August 2021

In view of the rise in number of coronavirus cases in certain districts especially those sharing a border with Kerala, the government of Karnataka on Saturday announced some measures to keep the spread of infection under control.

State Revenue Secretary N. Manjunatha Prasad said in an order, “Deputy Commissioners (DCs) of all districts across the state may impose additional containment measures to reduce COVID cases.”

The state government took a call to entrust district authorities with the responsibility of managing Covid-19 in their respective areas, instead of imposing statewide lockdown or other restrictive measures.


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They also declared that schools in areas where positivity rate is above 2 per cent, will not reopen now. They also decided to come up with plans that are district specific as, according to the Technical Advisory Committee on COVID-19, the second wave is not over yet.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai presided over a meeting with experts, ministerial colleagues and officers, after which he said in his statement, “We cannot formulate a statewide COVID-19 management plan. It should be district specific.” Final decision on restrictions will be taken on the basis of positivity rate in the concerned districts, said the CM.

Bommai mirrored the concerns raised by experts as the positive cases continue to hang between 1,600 and 1,800 a day and the rate is showing no signs of dipping. When the first wave was nearing its end, the daily number of Covid-19 cases had come down to 300, said the CM and went on to explain, “We have to prevent COVID-19 because this disease is still around. Since the cases are still remaining between 1,600 and 1,800, we need to be careful.”

Some decisions that was collectively taken on Saturday’s meeting are as follows.

  • Vaccination and testing will be spiked in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Mysuru, Hassan, Kodagu, Chikkamagaluru, Shivamogga and Bengaluru Rural.
  • Villages up to 10 km inside Karnataka from Kerala and Maharashtra borders are seeing a surge and hence testing and vaccinations to be increased here.
  • More testing should also be done in Bengaluru, Raichur, Kalaburagi, Ballari, Bidar, Koppal, Haveri, Vijayapura, Tumakuru and Chikkamagaluru.
  • There will be six genome testing labs set up in the next three weeks in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Shivamogga, Kalaburagi and Belagavi to track the new variants.
  • So far four crore people have been vaccinated and the state has a stock of about 15 lakh vaccines. It will receive 30 lakh by the month end.


The News Talkie Bureau


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