The Karnataka government on Monday mandated week-long institutional quarantine for people coming from Kerala. Testing on the 7th day has been made compulsory even if persons are vaccinated and hold a negative RT-PCR test. The decision was taken in a coronavirus review meeting chaired by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai.
Night curfew has been relaxed in districts other than Kodagu, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, and Udupi districts. Weddings and other events are allowed with 50 per cent occupancy of halls, with a maximum limit of 400 guests. Officers were directed to consider relaxing certain restrictions in Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, Mysuru, Shivamogga, Kolar, and Kalaburgi districts.
In view of the high caseload in Kerala, it was decided that districts near its borders – Dakshina Kannada and Kodagu – will not have any relaxations. Restrictions on the movement of people enforced at the border with Kerala will continue as there has been no change in the Covid-19 situation in Kerala, Dakshina Kannada district Deputy Commissioner K V Rajendra had said earlier in the day.
Amid fear of the outbreak of the third wave of coronavirus in the coming days, several state governments in the country have started re-imposing strict restrictions to control the further spread of the infection.
From announcing night curfews to making negative RT-PCR tests mandatory for people arriving from states reporting a high caseload, the state governments have enforced fresh guidelines recently. However, there are some states which have reopened schools and universities with strict Covid-19 protocols in place.