New Delhi: The Karnataka Chief Minister’s Office on Thursday has withdrawn the night curfew order, issued earlier, after reviewing the situation on the suggestion of Technical Advisory Committee. The state government had earlier imposed the night curfew between 11 pm and 5 am, starting tonight. Also Read - Coronavirus: Gujarat Extends Night Curfew in 4 Cities For 15 Days More, No Relaxation For Now
As per an official statement, now midnight Christmas mass shall be permitted in Bengaluru tonight, said the city’s police commissioner. Also Read - Wait Over! Tesla Finally Enters India as it Registers Office in Bengaluru; Karnataka CM Tweets Welcome to Elon Musk
Earlier on Wednesday, Karnataka joined Maharashtra in imposing restrictions amid concerns over a new COVID-19 variant spreading in the UK as authorities in many states focussed on tracing passengers returning from Britain. The government said night curfew will be in force between 11 pm and 5 am from December 24 till January 1 but midnight mass will be allowed. Also Read - List of States That Announced Reopening of Schools, Colleges This Month
In the national capital, 11 passengers on four flights from the UK were found positive for COVID-19 when tested on arrival at the Delhi airport, said Gauri Agarwal, founder of the Genestrings Diagnostic Centre which is handling coronavirus testing of all passengers at the airport. She said 50 passengers of these four flights have been put under institutional quarantine.
The 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 tests at airports for each traveller from the country and isolation in a separate unit of an institutional facility for positive cases.
India suspended all passenger flights connecting the UK from Wednesday till December 31 or till further orders.
Amid concerns over the new coronavirus strain, Union Health Secretary Rajesh Bhushan reviewed in a meeting held through video conferencing the status of passengers coming from the UK and found positive in Maharashtra, Karnataka, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, West Bengal, Goa, Punjab, Gujarat and Kerala.
Delhi Health Minister said people who have arrived in Delhi from the UK are being rigorously traced and tested for any COVID-19-like symptoms.
He asserted that the coronavirus situation in the city is under control with the positivity rate plummeting to below one per cent.
Interacting with reporters, Jain said the suspension of flights to and from the United Kingdom was a prompt move by the Centre and will help in containing the spread of the new coronavirus strain detected in that country.
“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 said.
“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 can be held without any obstruction, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said.
His government has asked organisers and supervisors at churches to ensure that a large number of people don’t gather at a time and social distancing is maintained. It has also prohibited parties, special DJ dance programmes and special events at clubs, pubs, restaurants and other places that attract people in large numbers without social distancing from December 30 to January 2.
Yediyurappa said all those travelling to the state and arriving at Bengaluru or Mangaluru airports from abroad must have an RT-PCR COVID-19 negative certificate which should have been obtained 72 hours before their departure time.
Health Minister K Sudhakar said all those who have arrived in the state from the UK since November 25, will be mandatorily monitored for 28 days, adding they have to quarantine themselves.
A total of 2,500 people have come to the state since November 25 to December 22 in two flights – Air India and British Airways.
About reports that a couple of people who have come from the UK have tested positive, the Minister said information is still awaited as tests are being done.
(With Agency Inputs)