New Delhi: A day after it recorded the first, and thus far only, coronavirus-linked death in the country, Karnataka on Friday announced a slew of measures to contain the spread of the virus in the state. The measures were decided at an emergency meeting chaired by BS Yediyurappa. Also Read - 1st Coronavirus-Linked Death in India: Family Members of Karnataka Man Didn't Wait For Sample Test Result, Says Health Ministry
A 76-year-old man from Kalaburagi, who had returned to India from Saudi Arabia on February 29, died on Tuesday night after being brought back from Hyderabad, where he was admitted. While initially it was only suspected that his death was due to coronavirus, the same was confirmed on Thursday. Also Read - COVID-19: India Records First Coronavirus Death From Karnataka's Kalaburagi
Today, CM Yediyurappa announced the closure of all malls, theatres, pubs, night clubs and swimming pools in the state till next week. “Wedding functions and summer camps, too, will not be allowed to take place during this period,” he announced.
The Chief Minister also announced the cancellation of leaves of all government doctors and health officials.
Separately, the state Department of Collegiate Education announced the closure of all government and government-aided colleges from March 14-18.
In Kalaburagi too, schools and colleges have been shut for a week. However, as in the case of several other states, schools in which exams are being conducted, shall remain open. 46 more people in the city have been put under quarantine.
Speaking on the Kalaburagi case, Yediyurappa said that the Centre was trying to find out those who travelled with the deceased, adding that once found out, they, too, shall be quarantined.
A total of five confirmed COVID-19 cases have been reported from the state, including the one from Kalaburagi.