Covid cases surge in 16 districts; restrictions likely on New Year, Christmas celebration


Bengaluru, Dec 6 (IANS): Sixteen districts in Karnataka have seen a rise in the number of new Covid cases in the first week of December. As many as 500 students have tested positive in the recent past, causing a major worry for the authorities. Sources in the health department said that if the same trend continued then restrictions may be put during the New Year and Christmas celebrations.

By November first week the Covid cases were on a decline and many districts, including those bordering Maharashtra, recorded zero cases paving the way for lifting of restrictions completely. However, the state government has again come up with restrictions to tackle the situation.

According to the health and family welfare department, Kodagu, Haveri, Chikkaballapura, Mandya, Mysuru, Davanagere and Uttara Kannada districts recorded higher numbers of Covid cases. Other districts have recorded very low or single digit Covid cases. But, the Covid cases are rising in all districts where the situation was under total control, and the increase is four-fold.

Between November 26 and December 3, when compared to last week (November 18 to 25) 2,202 cases were reported against 1,835 cases. The number of Covid cases stood at 1,588 from November 12-19. There is a 25 per cent spike in the cases in the last 15 days according to the statistics available with the health department.

Shivamogga and Koppal districts have seen a four fold spike. Shivamogga reported 28 Covid cases between November 18- 25. It rose to 86 from November 26 to December 3 registering a 430 per cent hike. Similarly Koppal, which recorded zero cases till November 25-18, registered four cases between November 26 to December 3. The Covid cases rose to 1,167 from 995 in Bengaluru Urban in the same period.

Sources in the health department said that Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai has stated that there was no agenda before the government to impose restrictions on activities and celebrations. However, he has stated that an appropriate decision will be taken in the coming days after analysing the situation in the state.

 

 

 

 

  

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  • Laaqui, KARIYANGALA

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    Close everything now wy are you waiting for lockdown immediately, for 3 months, i know who will suffer the most, and they deseve it.

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  • Longinus Fernandes, Thottam

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    Dear Karnataka govt., thank you soo..... much for taking care of us. Yes, you are really concerned of us. Every time you are taking utmost care of us during our festivals and other celebrations... Why are you not doing the same to other people? Are you not loving them???

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  • Jane Dcunha, Mangaluru

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    Initiate necessary actions like imposing night curfew, restricting gatherings in large numbers immediately so that spread of covid is minimised and by Christmas and new year, covid infection is brought under control. Strictly penalise all those who do not take precaution s like wearing mask properly, washing hands and practicing covid appropriate behaviour. I had been to a hospital today and noticed several people without mask, some who wore it below the chin and some with children not wearing mask. Sadly some hospital staff were also without mask. When will we be serious? Do we fear only punishment?

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  • Jeevan, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    Restrictions likely on Christmas celebrations! "ಎತ್ತಿಗೆ ಜ್ವರ ಬಂದರೆ ಎಮ್ಮೆಗೆ ಬರೆ ಹಾಕಿದರು!" "ಕುರುಬನ ಕುತ್ತಕ್ಕೆ ಕುರಿಯ ಪಿತ್ತಮೆ ಮರ್ದಾಯ್ತು!" -- ಪಂಪ.

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  • Francis Lewis, Sasthan

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    Our BJP Government in Karnataka receiving Virus increase only during Christmas & New Year Celebration time & No one knows how come this Virus is Coming. During the time of Election Campaign, other festivals time why No Virus means this BJP Government some what don't want to see the people to enjoy on these two vacations.

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  • Dev, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    This is a ploy to divide people by using a plandemic hoax which never affected 99% of the population. Wake up and unite whether jabbed or not 'cos it's the freedom of speech and practice is at stake here. Let's urge the government to stop these tactics and useless mandates for an ordinary seasonal cold and flu virus. Let them concentrate on governance rather than trying to control our lives by taking away our freedoms in the garb of containment and acting like saviors. We are taking care of our health and wellbeing all these years and let the government keep away from us and our health care be our right. Taking away our freedoms is not solution which is worse cure than the propped up pandemic. Let Bad Santa remain in Siberia leaving us alone.

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  • Clara, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    Most of the students are from Kerala . Please close Borders , Everytime Problem .

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  • Alphonse Rodrigues, Udupi

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    Fundamentals (Fundoos) are jealous of Christians, hindus, Muslims celebrate Christmas and New Year once in a year.

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  • Brian, Mlore

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    News on bew steains rise ahead of christmas/ easter season. Feels somethig fishy as if some organizations wNts to restrict or resfrain christian celebrations

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  • Citizen, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    Bommai and his govt. Have lost their marbles and going beserk.. When Covid was ON, they did not have any problem with Diwali, dessehra, kumb mela etc. Now suddenlybthey wake up when Christmas and New Year coming. This is a party of hypocrites and only trying appeasement politics since they have nothing to talk about development and progress. Their efforts to suppress minorities will not work and its a matter of time before they will be booted Out.. Its a shame we have such a government

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  • Ashok, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    Citizen, Mangalore From last 2 years prestigious Mangalore Dasara Procession is cancelled, even Mangalore Ganeshostava also cancelled which usually will be held in Nehru Maidan, All festivals celebrated considering restrictions of the government. In current situation as everyone knows Omicron impact increasing worldwide, as a citizen you have to support government in this difficult time and stop using minority/majority cards which will be useless!!

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    1 omicron missing patient reached nagpur.

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  • Citizen, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    While a citizen will support when it is done with a good inbiased intention, the way this govt. Has been making targetted moves speaks volumes of their hidden agenda...

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  • Rajendra, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    It’s obvious that the virus has come to eat kuswar for Christmas and will go after having Eid biryani

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  • Varun, mangalore

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    its unfair to put restrictions on Christmas celebrations... restrictions or lockdown has no logic...ramp up vaccinations and keep hospitals ready for serious cases...majority only get mild infections which does not any treatment...

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  • Ashok, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    Safety is utmost priority, attend Christmas prayers virtually. Advance wishes for Christmas and New year.

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  • Tester Tester, Bangalore

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    This pandemic will not get over..This will be there permanently.We cannot do activity virtually..

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  • True thinker, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    how many festivals majority community celebrated in past 2 months? that too without any mask, and kambala's, weddings...... etc etc... Our adiministartion was sleeping during that time.. when christmas is nearing our administration suddenly woken up to put break on christians celebration. wat it proves to the soceity ? Government is always least bothered abt the minority community. We love india, but hate the administration and the administrators.

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  • Ashok, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    True thinker, Mangalore This action is due to Omicron variant impact in India and worldwide not due Christmas. Omicron Impact was not there during dasara, diwali. Government must Impose strict restrictions to avoid omicron threat and government shouldn't listen such emotional dramas of minorities now.

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  • Rocky, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    But still our Christian community some still follow the bjpeeee party

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  • Deepak, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    Corona spread only where people sit ans pray and celebrate with family members. Virus run away where thousand of people gather without a inch of distance. VIRUS BHI SALA SAMJDAR HOGAYA

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  • Elwyn Goveas, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    Wishing each and everyone in advance a merry christimas and a happy bright new year 2022.God bless everyone.

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  • real kujuma, kodial

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    ha ha ha.....this was to happen and the saffron party was waiting for Christmas to arrive....already divided society....now putting salt on wounds....hope third rated party will be kicked out in next elections....in fact they did not get elected by people but used backdoor method to hold power from coalition....

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    Height of hypocrisy by the Government diwali last month, dussehra, and etc no sign of Covid, even if there were cases now when Christmas and new year is to be celebrated the state government wakes up from its deep slumber. Why cannot they shut the borders including Tamil Nadu, Andhrapradesh, Telangana?

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  • Pirky, Belman/Dubai

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    Every year for some reasons government trying to restrict celebrations of less than 2% population. They call themselves nationalists and seculars. I don't know what they are going to achieve by this? O

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  • David Pais, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    in kumb mela celebrations covid 19 has not increased. but every time when Christmas & new year comes covid19 intentionally increases.

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  • Anton, Kinnigoli

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    These restrictions were expected as Corona comes out only during minority festivals..

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  • roy Indian, Mangalore

    Mon, Dec 06 2021

    when Christmas and new years comes then only corona comes like Santa Claus .other days of year corona is taking rest . this report from our bjp government . 😡😡😤😤 will see till when all this drama will work........

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