Renewed lockdown in 3 Covid-hit Karnataka districts

Bengaluru, July 15 (IANS) After Bengalauru Urban and Rural districts, a total lockdown has been re-imposed in three more Karnataka districts for 7-10 days to contain rising Covid cases, an official said on Wednesday.

“Complete lockdown has been re-imposed in Dakshina Kannada, Dharwad and Kalaburagi districts on the advice of health experts to reduce Covid cases, which have been rising since unlock 1.0 began last month,” the official told IANS here.

The lockdown is for a week in Dakshina Kannada and Kalaburagi districts, while it will be 10 days in Dharwad.

“As per the guidelines issued by Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Sindhu Rupesh, only shops selling essential supplies and services will remain open from 5 a.m. to 12 noon till July 21,” the official said.

In Dharwad, 18 check posts have come up on its borders to prevent entry of people and vehicles from other districts.

“Barring vehicles on duty, all other vehicles will not be allowed to prevent movement of people. Additional police personnel have been deployed across the district to ensure the 10-day lockdown is observed strictly till July 24,” said the official.

Only shops selling milk, vegetables, fruits, groceries and medicines will be allowed to remain open till 12 noon for buying essential needs

As cases have been rising more in Kalaburagi city than in the district, a week-long lockdown has been clamped since morning to prevent movement of people and vehicles.

“As the weeklong lockdown is being strictly enforced, about 100 vehicles, including two-wheelers were seized and their owners sent home on foot, as movement of people and vehicles not on duty is disallowed,” Kalaburagi Police Commissioner Satish Kumar told IANS on phone.


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