Karnataka urges Centre to reduce flights from 5 high Covid-19 prevalent states

South India

The state report 178 new Covid-19 cases on Friday. Out of this 162 who tested positive are people who came from outside the state. 

The Karnataka government has urged the union civil aviation ministry to reduce the number of flights to the state from high Covid-19 prevalent states like Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, citing lack of adequate quarantining capacity.

Reports said that the state Cabinet took the decision to reduce the flights after assessing the Covid-19 situation, the number of arrivals by air and road, and the institutional quarantine capacity available in major towns and cities.

“At peak capacity now, about 15,000 air travellers can land in the state. At this rate, we will run out of capacity to quarantine people coming in. So we have requested the Centre to reduce the number of flights from the five states,” Economic Times quoted law and parliamentary affairs minister JC Madhswamy as saying after the Cabinet meeting on Thursday.

The Cabinet also decided to continue with restrictions on road traffic from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu and Gujarat for another one week.

“We cannot allow more people by road as well until those who have already come in complete their quarantine term. We will have to manage the capacity by allowing people in batches,” the minister said adding that the government will watch the situation for a week and then take a call.

Meanwhile, the state reported 178 new coronavirus cases on Friday taking the tally of confirmed cases to 2711.

A Bangalore Mirror report said that out of the 178 new cases, only 16 persons had contracted the vrius inside the state. The remaining people who have tested positive for the virus have come from Maharashtra, Delhi, Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Ireland.

As many as 15 people are returnees from Maharashtra. Most of them are residents of Udupi, Kalaburagi, Yadagiri and Raichuru.

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