Karnataka government rules out possibility of lockdowns

  • | Thursday | 26th November, 2020

Even though there are fresh cases of COVID in Karnataka, the state government as of now has made it clear that it is unlikely to impose lockdowns. Guidelines were issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday. 

Even though there are fresh cases of COVID in Karnataka, the state government as of now has made it clear that it is unlikely to impose lockdowns. Guidelines were issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs on Wednesday. 

The guidelines, effective for December, allow states and Union Territories to impose lockdowns and night curfews based on their assessment, but Karnataka is not likely to exercise such options, Health Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey told TNIE.

“It is an option, but the situation at present doesn’t warrant it. As for new containment and surveillance guidelines, we are already implementing most of them,” he said.

A local lockdown outside a containment zone can be imposed only after consultation with the Centre. After the nationwide lockdown was lifted, the state government had re-imposed a lockdown between July 12-22. Cases spiked in July- September, but began to a decline from October.

From a peak of around 10,000 cases a day, the number has now come down to 1,000 cases each day. The central guidelines say that the list of containment zones will be notified on websites run by the district administration. 



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