The state government on Thursday decided to impose ‘Corona Curfew’ in eight cities, including Bengaluru, for 10 days starting April 10, to contain the new wave of Covid-19.
The night curfew will be in force on all days from 10 pm to 5 am.
Speaking to reporters after his video conference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said the curfew will be imposed in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mangaluru, Kalaburagi, Bidar, Tumakuru, Udupi and Manipal.
“This will be applicable only in district headquarters. Essential services will be available," Yediyurappa said, clarifying that this was not a lockdown. “We are not imposing any curbs during daytime,” he said.
Noting that the Corona Curfew was on a trial basis, Yediyurappa sought cooperation from the public to ensure that the curfew is not extended pan-Karnataka.
The government will intensify action against those who violate guidelines meant to contain the spread of the pandemic, he said. "We will go for strict enforcement of Rs 250 fine on those who do not wear masks and ensure that social distancing regulations are followed," he said.
Yediyurappa said a vaccination campaign will be carried out from April 11, the birthday of activist Jyotirao Phule, to April 14, the birthday of B R Ambedkar, as suggested by Modi.
Health and Family Welfare Minister K Sudhakar said the curfew would curb only “unnecessary commercial establishments” while all other essential services will remain open.
According to a release by the Chief Minister's Office (CMO), Yediyurappa told Modi that more Covid cases are being reported in Bengaluru and six other districts. "Though there is a surge in the number of cases, the fatality rate remains low. The case fatality rate was 0.50% in the state (on Wednesday). The Government of India has also expressed content over this," the release said.
Among the issues discussed include micro-containment zones, ensuring sufficient supply of oxygen supply and ventilators. The CMO said the PM was asked to provide oxygen generators from the PM-CARES fund to decrease the load on oxygen manufacturing.
"So far, we have vaccinated more than 53 lakh people. We have vaccinated 22.31% of the target population above 45 years of age as compared to the national average of 13.94% as on April 5," the CMO said.