Karnataka government withdraws night curfew order – india news



The Karnataka government on Thursday withdrew the night curfew order, hours before it used to be scheduled to be implemented. In a observation, chief minister BS Yediyurappa’s office said that the decision has been taken after feedback from public.

“In view of the public opinion that there used to be no need for night curfew, the decision used to be reviewed and after consulting with cabinet colleagues and senior officials it has been determined to withdraw the night curfew,” the observation from the CMO said.

Yediyurappa appealed to the people to exercise self-restraint by wearing face masks, hand hygiene and social distancing to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

The night curfew used to be meant to be imposed in the state between 11 pm and 5 am, effective from December 24. It used to be supposed to be in place till January 2. The decision to impose it used to be taken on Wednesday and withdrawn today.

The government determined to imposed the night curfew in the light of a new variant of Sars-CoV-2 virus detected in the UK. The government had even issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the night curfew.

Karnataka health minister K Sudhakar had said earlier in the day that the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) had advised the government approximately imposing a night curfew after which the decision used to be taken.

On the opportunity of a new variant of coronavirus coming to Karnataka, the minister said the lab test reports of approximately 300 to 400 people used to be likely to reach on Thursday.

Some other states are going ahead with their decision to impose a night curfew to check the spread of the disease. Maharashtra used to be one of the most first states to take action after the news of the new strain of the virus surfaced.

Iqbal Singh Chahal, the commissioner of Mumbai’s civic body BrihanMumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), said, “This isn’t a normal new year which is why we cannot have normal celebrations. The curfew is being imposed to make sure that such violations don’t seem to be repeated”.

Punjab, Manipur, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh are the other states where night curfew and other measures are being implemented to verify the people of the state remain secure.


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