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Now, night curfew in Ballari and Hospet cities

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Ballari DC says Covid cases rising; decision taken after consulting Revenue Department’s Principal Secretary N Manjunatha Prasad

BENGALURU:

Even as the night curfew ordered by the state government in 8 cities continues, the Ballari district administration has taken its own decision to impose a night curfew and travel restrictions across the district from April 19 to 30, from 10 pm to 5 am.

An order to this effect was issued by the Ballari district Deputy Commissioner on Sunday evening.

Deputy Commissioner Pavan Kumar Malapati

Deputy Commissioner Pavan Kumar Malapati in his order said that the district has witnessed a surge in Covid-19 cases in the last fortnight. Considering the surge and so as to provide better medical facilities to needy Covid patients, the administration has imposed a night curfew in the Ballari Mahanagara Palike and Hospet municipal council limits.

Some exemptions

The restrictions will not apply to people travelling for health- related issues. Further, people will be allowed to work in night shifts but they must report for work before the night curfew begins at 10 pm.

There will be curbs on commercial activities, but home deliveries and e-commerce facilities will be allowed.

Those travelling outstation by bus, train and flight will have to show valid journey tickets to travel during the curfew hours.

Positivity rate high

When contacted, Pavan Malapati said the Ballari district administration is conducting around 3,000 tests per day and has been witnessing a surge in cases. “Around 1,500 positive cases were reported in the last fortnight, whereas we have been witnessing 250 to 300 positive cases on a daily basis. The positivity rate is approximately around 5% to 10%, which is high.”

The curfew orders were reportedly issued after consulting the Revenue Department’s Principal Secretary N Manjunatha Prasad.

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