Karnataka reaches out to Muslim community for support to contain coronavirus outbreak

Anil Urs Bengaluru | Updated on April 03, 2020

Karnataka reaches out to Muslim community for support to contain coronavirus outbreak

Karnataka government has reached out to Muslim leaders to enlist their support in containing the Coronavirus pandemic. On Friday, four new cases have been confirmed in the State taking the total number of cases to 128 which included three deaths and 11 persons discharged.

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said, “I held a meeting with Muslim leaders and legislators, seeking their co-operation in containing Coronavirus in the State. They have responded positively and assured to extend full co-operation in this endeavour.”

He further said, “Muslim leaders have agreed to give details of persons who visited Tabligh Markaz in Nizamuddin and also to convince them to undergo tests for Covid-19 and strict quarantine for prescribed period.”

The State government explained to the leaders procedures followed for the tests. The officials also briefed the leaders that they have conducted meetings with religious leaders at local level and created awareness about it.

Chief Minister also requested and advised the community members to offer prayers at home and also to stay at home to maintain social distance during azan.

All leaders unanimously agreed that prevention is the only way to contain Coronavirus. They have also agreed to appeal and convince the people from the community to cooperate with the health workers. Yediyurappa said “I appeal to the people of the State to not heed to any rumours. Let all of us strictly follow precautionary measures and win the battle over Coronavirus.”

Liquor seized

According to Additional Commissioner of Police Hemant Nimbalkar, “State Home Minister BS Bommai took stock of lockdown with officers of Bengaluru City Police as we reach midway.

He appreciated the police work till this time and guided for the preparedness for coming days. He asked police to be stress managers for people who are already in distress due to Coronavirus crisis.”

The police also revealed that while during the complete lockdown, malls, pubs, wine shops were closed but some tried to illegally sell liquor and at very high prices. Two accused were arrested and 100 bottles seized.

Containment measures

The Karnataka Health and Family Welfare Department in its Friday bulletin said the State has strengthened all surveillance and containment measures against the possible spread of disease.

Out of 114 cases, 111 Covid-19 positive patients (including one pregnant woman) are in isolation at designated hospitals are stable and three in ICU. Out of 128 cases detected and confirmed in Karnataka so far seven cases are transit passengers of Kerala and are being treated in Karnataka.


Published on April 03, 2020

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