Karnataka: Bommai to chair high-level meet to decide on easing Covid curbs

BENGALURU: Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai will convene a high-level meeting on Friday to discuss relaxing weekend and night curfews, as well as the reopening of schools. In the previous 24 hours, 47,754 new Covid cases have been reported in Karnataka, with Bengaluru reporting the most infections with 30,540.

However, the state's decision makers were swayed by the release of 22,143 patients, including 13,195 in Bengaluru, as well as the disease's lack of severity. On January 18 and 19, 8,353 and 23,209 patients, respectively, were discharged.

As pressure mounts on the government from the business community and private school managements to lift limitations, Bommai and state Health Minister Sudhakar K indicated that pro-people decisions would be made during the meeting, and that avoiding deaths is their primary focus.

The managements of private schools in Bengaluru are demanding that schools be reopened. Schools are open in the rest of the state, and the concerned district commissioners have discretion to receive calls. Lifting of Weekend and night curfews in the state, particularly in Bengaluru, are also being demanded by the business community, cinema exhibitors, bar, pub, and hotel owners. Mysuru's movie theatres have protested by cancelling showings and demanding 100 percent seat occupancy as well as weekend and nighttime restrictions.

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