Lockdown violations on the rise in Karnataka

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Karnataka recorded another peak in Covid-19 incidence for the third consecutive day on Friday with 38 people testing positive even as incidents of lockdown violation continue to rise in the state.  

Karnataka recorded another peak in Covid-19 incidence for the third consecutive day on Friday with 38 people testing positive.  

The fresh cases include 12 from Mysuru, nine from Bengaluru Urban, seven from Ballari, three each from Mandya and Chikkaballapura, two from Vijayapura, and one each from Dakshina Kannada and Bidar. With this the total number of the infected in the state has gone up to 353.

All 12 new cases from Myrusu are linked to the Nanjanagudu cluster while two of the Bengaluru patients are linked to a Covid-19 patient who had died in the city on Monday. The other four have no travel history and their exposure to any Covid-19 cases is being investigated.

Travel history is seen in only one case where a 39-year-old man, who is from Uppinangadi in Dakshina Kannada and had travelled to Delhi in the last week of March.

The battle against the pandemic is becoming increasingly difficult with number of lockdown violations showing a steady increase. A major incident that shocked the authorities on Friday was the marriage of the son of former chief minister H D Kumaraswamy.

The event held at a farm house in Ketaganahally near Bidar was attended by about 100 people in violation of the social distancing norms. Curiously the local authorities did not take any steps to prevent the gathering.

Following criticism, deputy chief minister C N Ashwathnarayan has sought a report from Ramnagar deputy commissioner. He said that there was need for the authorities to take action otherwise it will be mockery of the system.

In another incident at Kalaburagi, police arrested five people and booked 150 people for allegedly violating the lockdown and Section 144 of the CrPC by participating in a car festival at Rawoor village on Thursday.

Assistant commissioner Ramesh Kolarn said he will take action against those who violated the lockdown. Wadi PSI Vijayakumar Bavgi and child development and protection officer Rajkumar Rathod have been suspended for their inability to control the gathering.

Meanwhile, police stopped five construction workers who set on foot from Sagar to Vellore in Tamil Nadu fell ill out of starvation at Tarikere after one of the fell ill and shifted them to a relief camp.  They had already walked 200km without food when some people in Tarikere noticed them struggling and informed police. They were soon provided food and shifted to a relief camp by police.

Reports said their contractor had asked them to leave the construction site in Sagar, Shivamogga district, after extension of the Covid-19 lockdown, said police. The group stared its journey from Sagar on Wednesday night. They travelled the whole night on NH 206 and crossed the Shivamogga border at Bhadravathi.

The construction workers’ walk to Vellore would have made them cover 600km, crossing four district checkposts (with inputs from Times of India).

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