Closures ordered across the board for a week: CM
Measures meant to prevent spread of Covid-19: Yediyurappa
Concerned over the growing footprint of Covid-19 in Karnataka, the state government has ordered closure of all shopping malls, pubs, theatres, sports activities like cricket and football, wedding receptions, similar engagements and all social gatherings for the next one week.
After reviewing the situation at an emergency meeting with state health officials, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa announced that no social gatherings will be allowed in the state, including Bengaluru city, for the next one week.
The situation will be reviewed later and an appropriate announcement will be made by the state government, Yediyurappa said. “We have decided to take all precautionary measures to prevent the spread of the deadly disease,” he said.
‘Assembly session to continue’
The Chief Minister also clarified that SSLC and PUC Board examinations would be conducted as per schedule, while holidays have been declared for all universities in the state.
He stressed that the government would function normally. “The ongoing assembly session will continue and all government offices will function as usual. No holidays have been declared to working government staff,” he added.
Highlights of Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa’s media briefing
1. Malls, Film theatres, night clubs to be closed for a week from tomorrow.
2. Summer camps, meetings, sports events, symposiums are not be organized.
3. Government residential schools, hostels, to take utmost care
4. Government Offices, Examinations, Assembly sessions will be held without disruption.
5. One week holiday to be announced to Universities and Colleges also.
6. The Chief Minister has requested the people to cooperate.
7. He announced this decision after a discussion with senior officers from different departments and Dr.Devi Shetty in the wake of a death due to Corona Virus in Kalaburgi.
8. Guidelines will be issued to take precautionary measures to control the spread of the disease.
9. All private hospitals should compulsorily report to the health department if they come across any person they suspect to be infected with Corona Virus. Private hospitals have already been instructed about it.
10. Travellers who have returned from foreign trips should report to the Health Department and provide information. They are instructed to compulsorily remain in home isolation for 14 days.
11. All hospitals, Dispensaries and private clinics have to report to the Health Department regarding the treatment given to the persons returned from foreign trips in last 14 days.
12. All private hospitals are requested to cooperate.
13.Indian Medical Association, Dr.Devi Shetty , Dr.Ravindra , President of Private Hospitals Association and other concerned persons who discussed with the Chief Minister have extended their full cooperation to curb the spread of COVID-19 infection.
14. Social distancing to be maintained and a minimum of 6 ft distance between persons to be kept.
15. Additional laboratories to be established for detection of Corona Virus.
16. A Committee will be formed for coordination with private hospitals.
17. IT Companies are requested to instruct their employees to work from home