Bengaluru: Weekend curfew withdrawal may be short-lived, review next week

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Bengaluru, Jan 21: Imposition of weekend curfew throughout the State has not made a big impact on the Covid situation and the rate of infection as well as positivity rate are still on the rise and the rate of hospitalisation rate is ranging between 5 and 6 percent. The number of people infected has also considerably increased.

This is the finding of the experts reviewed at the high-level meeting convened by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday, January 21 which decided to withdraw the weekend curfew throughout the State while continuing with the daily night curfew between 10 PM and 5 AM as well as all other prevailing restrictions on allowing 50 percent occupancy for hotels, restaurants, bars and pubs, malls etc.

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The Technical Advisory Committee, in its report submitted to the State Government, feels that the infections was likely to peak next week.

The high-level meeting also voiced concern over the higher rate of infection among the Covid frontline warriors.

Given these facts, it is not clear as to how or why the State Government decided to partially relax the restrictions by withdrawing the weekend lockdown. It is also not clear as to what was the purpose in imposing the weekend lockdown or the night curfew restrictions if the restrictions have not been able help in controlling the situation.

As of January 20, Karnataka has 2,93,231 active cases of which 2.86 lakh persons are under home isolation. The number of people hospitalised is 5,344, of whom 340 are in intensive care units (ICUs) and 127 are on ventilators.

Barring Bengaluru, Covid infection cases are on the surge in Dakshina Kannada, Udupi, Mysuru, Tumakuru and Hassan districts.

The positivity rate in the State is as high as 19.94% while it is 8% among children and 16.57% among adults. The average infection rate is doubling every three days and each infected person is found to be spreading to an average of 2.6 persons.

The meeting decided to withdraw the weekend lockdown in order to protect lives and livelihood. However, the situation will be reviewed next week and a decision on the restrictions will be taken based on the rate of hospitalisation, said an official press release after the Chief Minister’s review meeting.




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  • Haneef, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 22 2022

    Restrictions ordered when Eid milad and Christmas and cases were very low, For hindu temple melas restrictions banned by Ban JP government when cases are sky rocketing. They know very well only minorities follow rules.

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  • Evans C Sumitra, Udupi/New York, USA. Just

    Sat, Jan 22 2022

    Just wait and watch. This weekend's withdrawal of curfew may be for good or bad.

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  • Agnes, Mangalore

    Sat, Jan 22 2022

    Senseless people ruling this country. they have the least idea what they are doing.

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  • Shivraj, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 21 2022

    Virus spreads by human to human..close contact .. This is all very well known .. So all that is reqd is social distancing.. masks .. hand wash ...basic hygiene.. But problem is implementation.. public cooperation.. fact is and Unfortunately people go to crowded places .. Events .. weddings in large numbers ..religious mass gatherings.(.. . in small number open area Is ok ..) ... Plus village events .. market of selling animals / other farm produce ..coming from far and wide ..resulting in massive gatherings..

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  • Tester, Bangalore

    Fri, Jan 21 2022

    Where is the proof that covid spread from human to human?...You know one thing that covid is spreading through air borne and covid spread even if people stay at home.....

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  • Localite, Mangaluru

    Fri, Jan 21 2022

    I do agree that it's kinda hard for people managing business. Weekend curfew shouldnt have introduced last week at all if they are withdrawing at this point where positivity rates like around 9%. Also night curfew doesn't make sense. Hope somehow the positivity rate doesn't explode next week and they just straight descide to go for a full week lockdown

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  • Vijay, mANGALORE

    Fri, Jan 21 2022

    Im still confused with the logic behind introduction of curfew when cases are less and withdrawal of curfew when cases are rising rapidly. Why was it introduced in the first place ? What is a curfew is also a mystery to me when 50% of the businesses are running and people are moving around freely. After Sundays curfew ,monday buses are jam packed .

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  • vishnu bhat, bangalore

    Fri, Jan 21 2022

    ban all sorts of religious and other congregations - half the battle will be won. no need at all for weekend or night curfews.

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  • G R PRABHUJI, Mangalore

    Fri, Jan 21 2022

    This may be fooling business section of the society, next week Government will say the numbers of hospitalizations has increased, so the day and night Curfew will be from 1st to 10th of February.

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  • Alwin, Mangaluru

    Fri, Jan 21 2022

    Infection may speak next week mean you must control in previous week or failure to control affect badly. The hidden agenda to withdraw during this week not known. The government must safeguard life and interest of the people. So it appears ambiguity In decision

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