CM directs DCs of Dakshina Kannada, 7 other districts to reduce positivity rate below 5%

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Bengaluru, Jun 10: A final decision on unlocking is likely to be announced by Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa in the evening. However, he has asked the Deputy Commissioners and District in-charge ministers of 8 districts, including Dakshina Kannada, Chikkamagaluru and Hassan, to take stringent measures to bring down the positivity rates in their respective districts within a week.

The Chief Minister, who held a video conference discussion with the Deputy Commissioners and District in-charge ministers of 8 districts – Dakshina Kannada, Chikkamagaluru, Hassan, Mysuru, Mandya, Shivamogga and Tumakauru – to work for reducing the positivity rate below 5% within a week as is the case in rest of the districts, across Karnataka.

According to official sources, the Deputy Commissioners and District in-charge ministers of 8 districts asked the Chief Minister to continue the present lockdown restrictions for another week so as to give them sufficient to time to act and strictly enforce the lockdown restrictions in the respective districts.

Yediyurappa said he will take a decision on the unlocking in the evening after consulting ministers and senior officials.

The official sources indicated that there is a proposal to announce unlock in the lockdown restrictions in rest of Karnataka, except the 8 districts with high positivity rate, or to extend the present four-hour window from 6 am to 10 am to six hours from 6 am to 12 noon to enable people to move around for buying essential things besides opening of parks and allowing operation of auto-rickshaws and cabs from 6 am to 6 pm while continuing the night curfew.

However, what is bothering the government on whether to allow inter-district movement and the likely repercussions of such a move. There are also suggestions to enforce strict lockdown restrictions in the taluks having high positivity rates while allowing relaxations in other taluks, which is considered impractical as chances of movement of people and vehicles cannot be restricted, the sources said.

Relaxation from lockdown certain

But the Chief Minister is certainly expected to announce some sort of relaxations in the lockdown conditions in the evening.

The Chief Minister pointed out that the total number of Covid cases in the State have come down but the eight districts had as many as 65,000 cases. The infection rate is coming down in these days and it is necessary to bring down the positivity rate below 5%.

The strict lockdown restrictions enforced in the State have resulted in bringing down the infection rates, the Chief Minister said expressing concern over the high positivity rates in the 8 districts where the number of cases were not coming down as expected.

What is causing concern is the fact that barring Mysuru, more Covid infection cases are reported in rural areas than in the urban pockets, the Chief Minister said.

High positivity rates in Chikkamagaluru, Mysuru

The Chief Minister said the average positivity rate was the highest in the first week of June in Chkkamagaluru, which has an average positivity rate of 25.17%. Even Mysuru district has a high positivity rare of 22%.

In Chikkamagaluru district, for every Covid positive case as many as 6.1% of infected cases have been detected during the week, the Chief Minister said emphasizing the need to take strict measures to bring down the positivity rate in Chikkamagaluru and other 7 districts.

The Deputy Commissioners and Health officials under the supervision of the concerned district in-charge ministers must take measures to strictly enforce the lockdown restrictions and prevent unnecessary movement of people. The Covid guidelines of compulsory wearing of masks, social distancing and sanitization must be stringently followed, especially in the Micro Containment Zones.

“The focus should be on bringing down the positivity rate,’’ the Chief Minister said.

The Chief Minister took note of the fact that Rapid Antigen Tests (RAT) have been sharply increased in Hassan, Belagavi and other districts where the RAT testing is around 30% as per the government guidelines.

However, it is necessary to increase RAT testing by another 70% to identify the infected cases. The tests must be done only on people showing Covid symptoms to prevent delays in getting results due to workload, he said.

Yediyurappa asked the district Deputy Commissioners and District in Charge Ministers to take necessary steps to get RAT testing results within 24 hours and ensure that all the Covid positive cases were immediately admitted in the Covid Care Centres.

The Chief Minister also directed the district Deputy Commissioners and District in-Charge Ministers to take to carry out special vaccination drives, especially in Belagavi where the vaccination was not up to mark.







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  • Pawan, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    What 1 more week??? Ok fine do the lockdown but deduct these DM DC and other officials salary full 2 month.. These people in the name of virus are just playing with our livelihood... we need to work then only we will earn.. where these higher post people are sitting in big chair getting paid Every month doing nothing. Idk bout others but m literally fed up with these lockdown...Every people must speak up in tulunad...these people r making decisions without our consent everytime :(

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  • Amar, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    I pity your thought process. They go all out to take steps too reduce the posirive numbers, but people do not bother and push the numbers upwards. Why blame DC and other officers. When they rake tough steps, that is also not appropriated by us.

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  • Sp, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    Start testing people who are healthy without symptoms. They will give negative results and it'll reduce overall positivity rate.

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  • sense_shetty, MAngalore

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    Somehow DK/Udupi will find its place in not getting grants and benefits from State Govt .. Thanks for being disciplined ..this is the reward for being humble and non arrogant . Next time please throw "ambi" on the politicians face ..of any party that visits DK/udupi .. Now the only solution is to lay foundation for a Tulunadu State and power center .

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  • Sunil Kumar, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    Nama sambala yer korper...moklena aye na

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  • Melroyferns, Ujjodi

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    What does strict mean? We are inside our houses since the lockdown, please go and catch hold of people roaming in interior roads so we can come out peacefully soon.

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    Reduce the infectivity rate, how ? stop tests and there will be only cold and fever of every season. Otherwise pay every citizen in those areas where they want to impose further lockdown measures and protocols of 10000 rupees every month. Nobody will break the unscientific lockdown measures and protocols if they get it . Just bossing over peoples right to earn their livelihoods is against the constitution. If govt can't compensate then let them resign and get fresh mandate to cause more harm than good by illogical actions which might force people to break them to survive.

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  • Pili, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    No programs no weddings no meetings of any kind total stop until end of jun. Religious nd political meetings are main culprits.. stop this first strictly and see the outcome.

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  • Hussain, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    Mr. Anand Do you think lock down solution for covid First tell bjp government give all free vaccine After that we can throw out lock down word Lock down people suffer more Without buissness work food and money My friend before you write anything think people suffering from 2 months nothing has improved and not going to improve as well Unless vaccination for all free of charge

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  • Anand Poojary, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    Full lockdown in DK is only solution. No public transport for 1 month. Keep grocery shop open till 4 pm. People should go by walk to nearby shops purchase their groceries. Allow door to door delivery of vegitable, grocery, milk, fish etc.

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  • Rohit Correa, Udupi

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    Looks like u are staying in a flat close to all the shops and other essential services. Wjat about those people who stay 8 to 10 kms from nearest shops. There are remote areas as well in this district. Think logical..

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  • Ashish, MLR

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    Pay Salary to us . all will stay at home.

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  • Cynthia, Dkatte

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    Kya bolthe he aap ? If door to door delivery of vegetables, fish, milk, medicines and groceries made possible, why to keep markets open upto 4 and people should walk....If you take the responsibility of door to door delivery, your action in rhis regard wil be highly appreciated....come on....Dont come to damarskatte. Start delivering in Mangaluru

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  • Subhash Chandra, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    @Anand Poojary Mangalore - excellent idea , please credit me this month salary I will give you my account number plus bring some groceries to my door step.

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  • Sundar, Mulki

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    In DK..lockdown extended upto 20th June.

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  • Pili, Mangalore

    Thu, Jun 10 2021

    Reduce 5%? Lockdown 24x7? People pls cooperate. CM MP MLA DC cannot do anything if we dont become liable to our/families health. Get cured at home

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