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New COVID Strain: Karnataka Imposes Night Curfew, Many States Focus On Tracing Passengers Returning From UK

Bengaluru/New Delhi:  Karnataka determined to impose night time curfew from Thrusday night time until January 2 throughout the state within the wake of a brand new coronavirus pressure found within the UK.

With this, Karnataka is the second state after Maharashtra to announce a brand new set of restrictions amid international fears over the brand new pressure of coronavirus found within the UK.

The Karnataka authorities mentioned night time curfew shall be in drive between 11 pm and 5 am from December 24 until January 1 however midnight mass shall be allowed.

Within the nationwide capital, 11 passengers on 4 flights from the UK had been discovered optimistic for COVID-19 when examined on arrival on the Delhi airport, mentioned Gauri Agarwal, founding father of the Genestrings Diagnostic Centre which is dealing with coronavirus testing of all passengers on the airport.

She mentioned 50 passengers of those 4 flights have been put underneath institutional quarantine.

The federal government on Monday had directed testing of all passengers coming from the UK on arrival at Indian airports. It issued a stringent set of SOPs mandating RT-PCR checks at airports for every traveller from the nation and isolation in a separate unit of an institutional facility for optimistic circumstances.

India suspended all passenger flights connecting the UK from Wednesday until December 31 or until additional orders.

Amid issues over the brand new coronavirus pressure, Union Well being Secretary Rajesh Bhushan reviewed in a gathering held via video conferencing the standing of passengers coming from the UK and located optimistic in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Goa, Punjab, Gujarat and Kerala.

Delhi Well being Minister mentioned individuals who have arrived in Delhi from the UK are being rigorously traced and examined for any COVID-19-like signs.

He asserted that the coronavirus scenario within the metropolis is underneath management with the positivity price plummeting to under one per cent.

Interacting with reporters, Jain mentioned the suspension of flights to and from the UK was a immediate transfer by the Centre and can assist in containing the unfold of the brand new coronavirus pressure detected in that nation.

“We are alert and watchful at our end. People who have arrived here from the UK in the last several days are being rigorously traced and tested for slightest of COVID-like symptoms,” Jain mentioned.

“A team has been made and house-to-house tracing is being done… they (UK returnees) are being advised self-isolation too,” he added.

Midnight mass on December 24 in Karnataka on account of Christmas will be held with none obstruction, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa mentioned.

His authorities has requested organisers and supervisors at church buildings to make sure that a lot of folks don’t collect at a time and social distancing is maintained. It has additionally prohibited events, particular DJ dance programmes and particular occasions at golf equipment, pubs, eating places and different locations that appeal to folks in massive numbers with out social distancing from December 30 to January 2.

Yediyurappa mentioned all these travelling to the state and arriving at Bengaluru or Mangaluru airports from overseas will need to have an RT-PCR COVID-19 adverse certificates which ought to have been obtained 72 hours earlier than their departure time.

Well being Minister Ok Sudhakar mentioned all those that have arrived within the state from the UK since November 25, shall be mandatorily monitored for 28 days, including they must quarantine themselves.

A complete of two,500 folks have come to the state since November 25 to December 22 in two flights – Air India and British Airways.

About experiences that a few individuals who have come from the UK have examined optimistic, the Minister mentioned data continues to be awaited as checks are being achieved.

Neighbouring Maharashtra on Monday had declared an evening curfew in municipal company areas as a precautionary step amid rising issues over a brand new coronavirus variant spreading in Britain.

The Dehradun administration has banned collective celebrations like events at accommodations, bars, eating places and different public locations on Christmas, New Yr’s Eve and New Yr to cease the unfold of COVID-19.

Any violation of the ban shall be punishable underneath the Catastrophe Administration Act, 2005, the Epidemic Ailments Act and different related sections of the IPC, mentioned an order issued by Dehradun District Justice of the Peace Ashish Shrivastava.

The ban may have its impact in Dehradun, Mussoorie and Rishikesh the place a lot of vacationers come to have fun Christmas and New Yr.

The Madhya Pradesh well being division has requested 33 individuals who returned to Indore from the UK within the final 15 days to stay in dwelling isolation.

Indore district nodal officer for COVID-19 prevention, Amit Malakar, mentioned these 33 folks had been being examined by RT-PCR methodology.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh urged the folks to train excessive warning and strictly observe all COVID security norms amid experiences of the brand new pressure of the virus spreading in some components of the world. The final flight that landed in Amritsar from the UK on Tuesday had reported eight optimistic circumstances, he mentioned, hoping that the brand new pressure of the virus had not entered Punjab.

(With PTI Inputs)

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