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Karnataka quarantine tightens norms for those returning from Maharashtra, Delhi & TN

Anil Urs Bengaluru | Updated on June 15, 2020 Published on June 15, 2020

B S Yediyurappa, Karnataka Chief Minister   -  BL

Mask Day on Thursday, forms task force in Bengaluru

Karnataka has tightened entry norms for people returning from Covid hotspot States of Maharashtra, Delhi and Tamil Nadu.

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa told reporters that it is due to people travelling from these three states that Covid cases have gone up sharply in the last 10 days in Karnataka.

“Currently the State has reported 7,000 cases. Of these, travellers from Maharashtra accounted for 4,386 cases and another 1,300 had come in contact with them. Returnees from Delhi were 87, Tamil Nadu 67 and Gujarat accounted for 62,” he added.

As per the new norm, returnees from Maharashtra are to undergo a minimum seven days of institutional quarantine followed by seven days home quarantine. While those from Delhi and Tamil Nadu are to undergo three days of institutional quarantine and 11 days home quarantine.

Task Force for Bengaluru

The Chief Minister on Monday reviewed the Covid situation in Bengaluru city, as there has been a spike in cases. In Bengaluru there are 697 cases and out of them 330 are active. The city has reported 36 deaths.

The State government has constituted a special task force that will oversee all activities in Bengaluru Urban and Rural districts.

Mask Day

Out of 2,956 active cases in the State, 2,940 patients are in isolation at designated hospitals and are stable, while 16 are in ICU.

The Chief Minister said the state’s mortality rate is 1.2 percent while the national average is 2.8 per cent. The recovery rate is 56.6 percent and the national average is 51 per cent, he said, adding that 93 per cent of the total cases are asymptomatic while the remaining seven per cent are symptomatic.

Talking about lockdown, the Chief Minister said “There are no plans for any lockdown, and we will request the Prime Minister for more relaxations.”

The state government in an effort to create awareness and importance of wearing masks has decided to observe the coming Thursday as “Mask Day”.

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Published on June 15, 2020
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