Bengaluru: Karnataka government has on Friday decided to lift the weekend curfew in the state immediate effect. However, night curfew between 10 pm and 5 am will be effective till further orders.
Announcing the state government’s decision, Karnataka Revenue Minister, R Ashoka said, “The weekend curfew on Saturday and Sunday is being lifted. This decision has been taken based on the experts’ report and subject to conditions. Now, the rate of hospitalisation is about 5 per cent.”
He further warned the people of Karnataka that the weekend curfew will be re-imposed in the state if the number of cases (hospital admission) increases.
“There has been demand from people, various organisations and political leaders from across party lines to lift weekend curfew, but we have taken this decision based on experts’ reports. However, the night curfew between 10 pm to 5 am every day will continue, along with a 50 per cent occupancy rule among others,” the Karnataka minister added.
R Ashoka also urged people of Karnataka to adhere to COVID guidelines and precautionary measures and also emphasised that the restrictions on protests, rallies, fairs and events will continue.
Earlier in the day, Karnataka Chief Minister Basavaraja Bommai held a meeting on the COVID situation in the state.
Karnataka is the second state after Maharashtra to announce relaxations amid the ongoing third wave of COVID pandemic.
However, cases in the Karnataka continues to rise with the state reporting 47,754 new COVID infections in the 24 hours ending Thursday evening. Karnataka’s positivity rate now stands at 18.48 per cent.
Bengaluru alone accounted for 30,540 new COVID cases on Thursday. The state capital logged eight deaths of the total 29 COVID related fatalities in Karnataka.
At present, Karnataka has 2,93,231 active COVID-19 cases of which nearly 2,00,000 are in Bengaluru alone.
first published:Jan. 21, 2022, 6 p.m.