COVID-19 Lockdown: Southern states round-up

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Following a huge outcry from the opposition Congress over exorbitant fares charged from migrant workers, the Karnataka government has decided to transport not only migrant workers but also others stranded in various parts of the state free.

After lockdown was relaxed on Monday, the State government announced ‘one-day, one-way one-time’ travel for migrant workers to reach their homes in the districts. On hearing this, migrant workers rushed to KSRTC bus stand in Bengaluru city on Saturday, but were shocked as they had to pay two-way fare. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa had to intervene and directed the transport corporation to charge workers only single fare. He directed the Labour Department to bear the rest.

The Karnataka government has, meanwhile, issued guidelines for inter-district travel within the state for permitted activities. Pass can be obtained from Deputy Commissioners of districts or from DCPs for travel between any districts, except for movement between Bengaluru Rural, Urban, Ramnagara, Chikkaballarpur, and Kollar districts which shall be treated as one unit.

Karnataka reported 28 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Monday, taking the total number of infected to 642. The newly infected include 13 women, two of who are senior citizens.

Telangana

The Telangana government has launched e-pass for movement of migrant workers, students and other stranded people to their home states. The state police said that the pass will be valid for round trip for the vehicle and the driver.

“If a person is going to pick his/her family stranded in some other state, he/she can come back and enter into Telangana with the same pass. However, stranded family members need to get clearance from said state,” said Mahesh Bhagwat, commissioner of police, Rachakonda.

Kerala

Keralites residing in Karnataka and other states flooded Talapady check post at the Kerala-Karnataka border since early morning on Monday. At Talapady elaborate arrangements had been made with over 100 help desk opened to receive the people arriving at the State border, the officials had a tough time as several people, who have not registered also arrived here. They were permitted token after registering them on the government website.

District Collector D Sajith Babu, said it is expected that Keralites, most of them from Jammu & Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, and Bihar are expected to arrive through National Highways 66, 47 and 48.

All shops in Ernakulam Broadway Market, except those selling food and groceries had to down shutters on Monday after people from various parts of the city flocked the market in violation of social distancing norms.

Many shops opened in the morning after over a month due to relaxations in Ernakulam district, which was declared as a green zone. “Soon afterwards, police vehicles went around announcing that shops which do not sell essential commodities must shut down in the wake of COVID-19 precautions,” said a Times of India report.

Tamil Nadu

A Deputy Commissioner of Police in Chennai City has tested positive to COVID-19. The officer who was supervising crowd control measures at Koyambedu fruits & vegetable market was tested positive for the virus on Monday, a report in Hindu said. The official was immediately quarantined and health officials were in the process of taking samples of his close contacts, including family members, colleagues and friends he had met since then.

Koyambedu has become a hotspot in Tamil Nadu for COVID-19 infections with hundreds of people who worked or visited the market, testing positive. Many people who moved back to their native districts also carried the virus, the sources said, adding that officials were in the process of shutting down the Koyambedu market.

ANDHRA PRADESH

The Andhra Pradesh has started serving immunity-boosting foods to COVID-19 patients kept in quarantine centres. The diet formulated by medical include food which are rich in proteins and vitamins. Fruits like oranges, bananas, along with dry fruits including almonds, cashews nuts, dates and pistachios were being provided to COVID-19 patients. Along with these boiled eggs were also being served to those in quarantine centres. Government is allocating Rs.500 per day for the diet of each patient.

Meanwhile, the state excise department has decided to restrict the timings of liquor shops as well as hike Excise duty by 25% as a step to restrict buying. The move is intended to augment revenue collection and make up for the huge losses the state incurred during the nationwide lockdown (with inputs from media reports and agencies)

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