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Covid-19 in India: Fear of a new strain leads Karnataka to impose a night curfew | India News


BENGALURU: After Maharashtra, Karnataka announced on Wednesday night a curfew between 11 p.m. and 5 a.m. from December 24 to January 1 (which runs until January 2 morning) across the state as a precautionary measure amid concerns about a new variant of Covid-19 spreading in the UK.
Prime Minister BS Yediyurappa had initially announced nightly restrictions from Wednesday night to January 2 between 10 pm and 6 am, with strict restrictions. He modified the start date and times in a later tweet.
“The midnight mass on December 24 for Christmas can be performed without any obstruction according to the rules issued previously,” he clarified in another tweet. In the guidelines issued on December 17, the government had said that church organizers and overseers must ensure that large numbers of people do not gather at once and that social distancing is maintained.
Parties, special DJ dance programs and special events at clubs, pubs, restaurants and other venues that attract large numbers of people without social distancing have been banned from December 30 to January 2. “All of this will apply to the entire state. I ask the entire public to cooperate in view of the new Covid-19 strain that has emerged, ”Yediyurappa said.
The CM said that all those traveling to the state and arriving at Bengaluru or Mangaluru airports from foreign countries must have a negative Covid certificate through an RT-PCR test. The certificate must be obtained 72 hours before departure time. All arrangements have been made at the airport for testing. Health personnel have been deployed there to ensure that no one enters the city without being tested, he said.
Industries and factories that require 24 x 7 operations will be able to operate without restrictions, but with 50% staff. An order issued by Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar said that the movement of buses, trains and long-distance night flights will be allowed. Taxis and cars are allowed to and fro to drop off or pick up people to or from bus stops, train stations, and airports. Valid entries will be allowed to display.
There will be no restrictions on the movement of all types of goods by truck, goods vehicle or any freight carrier, including empty vehicles.
Earlier in the day, Health Minister Sudhakar said that everyone who came to the state from the UK since November 25 will be mandatorily monitored for 28 days and asked to self-quarantine. “Those who have completed 14 days must self-check by the 28th. Those who have come in the last 14 days will be monitored by our government, department staff using technology. Those with symptoms will undergo an RT-PCR test, ”he said.
If they test positive, samples will be sent for genetic sequencing at Nimhans to identify the strain, he said. A total of 2,500 people have arrived in the state from November 25 to December 22 on two flights, Air India and British Airways, Sudhakar said, dismissing Congressional Leader HK Patil’s claim that 14,000 people had arrived.

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