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Karnataka blockade: Karnataka cuts off the world until March 31, cuts off Bengaluru with the rest of the state | India News


BENGALURU: In assessing the growing Covid-19 pandemic in Karnataka, the state government on Sunday took a drastic step to seal all state borders by sea and road.

Although the ports were already closed, the roads were sealed on Sunday after Prime Minister B S Yediyurappa announced the same.

Indeed, according to the Covid-19 special force ministers, the state has sealed the entry and exit of the popular movement with Goa, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

While four of the six states bordering Karnataka had already closed their borders, AP and Telangana continued to keep their state jurisdictions open for Karnataka citizens to enter and exit.

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But this has now stopped, with Karnataka sealing its borders.

“I call on people to cooperate with the government to ensure a peaceful closure of the borders,” Yediyurappa said after the ministerial task force met on Sunday night.

Later in the day, the government extended the prohibitive orders (section 144) until 12 p.m. M. From Sunday.

Interior Minister Basavaraj Bommai said the government’s intentions are to ensure that people do not rush and overload public places.

Meanwhile, within the state, the government decided to close nine districts (critical points for the spread of the global pandemic) with the suspension of public transport services and commercial activities until March 31.

The nine districts include Urban Bengaluru, Rural Bengaluru, Chikkaballapura, Mangaluru, Mysuru, Kalaburagi, Dharwad, Kodagu, and Belagavi.

Interior Minister Basavaraj Bommai said later in the night: “The nine districts will see the closure of all public transport facilities like KSRTC, BMTC and Metro and only private vehicles, including taxis and automatic rickshaws. In addition to essential services, supply stores, supermarkets, and agricultural services will continue to operate. ”

Bommai said the task force, along with Yediyurappa, also decided to allow the factories to operate, if necessary, but with a force of 50 percent.

“We are not stopping the operation of the factories. But we have asked them to reduce their daily strength to 50 percent. There has to be an alternative day arrangement for the factory workers, “Bommai said, alleging that the government is not taking drastic measures entirely.

The government also announced that it will now inspect even domestic passengers at Karnataka International Airports – Kempegowda International Airport and Mangaluru International Airport.

Earlier in the day, reporting to the media after an hour-long meeting, Yediyurappa said the government identified Victoria Hospital as the designated Covid-19 hospital, and that all other inpatients were transferred from the hospital to others. Public hospitals.

“In some cases, if necessary, we have also considered transferring patients to private hospitals for treatment. The government will pay for these treatment facilities, “said CN Deputy Chief Minister Ashwath Narayan.

Times of India