RT-PCR negative report mandatory, decision on night and weekend curfew after 15 days: Karnataka CM Bommai
With over 1,900 cases on Saturday, Karnataka CM Basavaraj Bommai has imposed restrictions on travelers coming from Kerala and Maharashtra saying that the latest RT-PCR certificate is a must to enter Karnataka. Besides, he also hinted at imposing curbs after monitoring the situation till August 15.
In the latest development in Karnataka concerning the Covid-19 situation, the state could impose restrictions on nightlife and impose weekend lockdown.
After the government announced that a mandatory latest (72 hours) RT-PCR negative certificate of travelers from Covid hotspots like Kerala and Maharashtra, CM Basavaraj Bommai said that after monitoring the situation for two weeks, he will likely take a call on curbs.
Earlier, he also held a conference DCs of Dakshina Kannada, Kodagu and Udupi districts bordering Kerala and Belagavi, Gulbarga, Bidar and Bijapur districts bordering Maharashtra for effective checking at borders.
The bus drivers and conductors are instructed to allow passengers only after producing certificates and follow the protocol from these places. Similarly, trains and flights (passengers) coming from these states will be subjected to produce the latest Covid negative certificates.
Meanwhile, Bengaluru city which hosts many travelers from Kerala and Maharashtra is feeling the heat as it has reported over 400 new cases. The BBMP chief has already directed to raise containment zones. If more than 3 cases are reported in one place, the line gets sealed down.
The BBMP has so far identified 136 active containment zones and highest being at the IT belt Mahadevapura with 42 containment zones and Bommanahalli, the industrial belt with 29 containment zones and Bengaluru East that has a sizable slum population has 26 containment zones.
To keep the check on the infection, existing Covid guidelines like surveillance, curbs on gathering, containment zones and other activities shall be in place till August 16 in Karnataka. In addition, the state will also get 1 crore vaccines this month as Union Minister Mansuka Mandaviya promised Bommai during his maiden Delhi visit on Friday.