Karnataka govt makes 3-day institutional quarantine must for travellers from Chennai, Delhi

South India

The Karnataka government has made 14-day quarantine mandatory for travellers coming to the state from New Delhi and Chennai, two cities with high incidence of Covid-19.

Of this, the first three days will be institutional quarantine in a facility identified by the government and the remaining 13 days quarantine at home. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced the change after a meeting related to COVID-19 crisis held on Monday.

The government has already made 7-day institutional quarantine compulsory for travellers from Maharashtra, which is one of the worst coronavirus-hit states in the country. The new regulation will come into effect from Monday, June 15. The government has clarified that

A week ago on June 8, the state government had issued  orders stating that self-registration on the Seva Sindhu portal is mandatory for travelling in and out of the state but added that no approval (or e-pass) was required to travel.

While a seven-day institutional quarantine was announced for those returning from Maharashtra, there was no mandatory institutional quarantine for asymptomatic people returning to Karnataka from other states. Those returning from other states were asked to quarantine themselves at home.

Karnataka has reported 6,516 COVID-19 cases so far. 4,386 cases among these are linked to people who returned from Maharashtra while 1,340 were contacts of existing patients. Among the other cases, 216 people returned to the state from other countries, 87 from New Delhi, 67 from Tamil Nadu and 62 from Gujarat, according to a News Minute report.

"We have to keep an eye on those who come from outside the state. The cases are not spreading among local people in the state," Yediyurappa said.

A 'mask day' will be held on Thursday and a group of film actors and sports personalities will come together at Ambedkar Bhavan near Vidhana Soudha to spread awareness about the need to wear masks.

The Covid review meeting also decided to observe a ‘mask day’ on Tuesday, June 16 to create awareness about the preventive measures. The government has roped in film and sports personalities to spread the awareness. They will come together at Ambedkar Bhavan near Vidhan Sabha in the state capital.

The chief minister said that the rules of wearing masks and maintaining physical distance would be enforced strictly in the state. He said that this is because 93% of coronavirus cases in the state do not show symptoms and only 7% show visible symptoms of the virus.

"Action will be taken against those who do not wear masks and maintain distancing throughout the state. This will start from a Rs 100 fine imposed on them. Wearing masks is crucial to saving lives," Yediyurappa added.

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