Karnataka Govt relaxes weekend curfew in border districts

Bengaluru: The Karnataka government has ended the weekend curfew in the border districts of Kerala and Maharashtra subsequent to seeing declines in the number of new Covid-19 cases. The conclusion was taken in a meeting held on Thursday and orders were issued later in the evening. The Deputy Commissioner of Dakshina Kannada also issued a directive restricting the movements from and towards Kerala till October 31.

The state-wide Covid-19 positivity rate stood at 0.73 percent and it has come down below 2 percent in all the districts. The expert committee had recommended weekend curfew in districts that recorded more than 2 percent of Covid positivity.

According to reports, the bordering districts particularly, Kodagu, Mysuru, Dakshina Kannada which borders Kerala have also recorded less number of cases, as well as a low positivity rate. The number has also decreased in Chamarajnagar and Hassan districts, where a large number of students and workers commuted from Kerala. The state government had recently issued a circular for all educational institutions and companies to restrict the movement of people from Kerala.

The state government has given authority to the respective District Commissioners to take a call on imposing weekend curfews and other measures based on the Covid situation.The govt has also directed authorities of the border districts of Kerala and Maharashtra to strengthen check-posts.

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