COVID-19 | Panel favours ban on New Year celebrations, night curfew

December 02, 2020 01:59 am | Updated 02:00 am IST - Bengaluru

The State’s Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has recommended that New Year public celebrations should be banned and night curfew (8 p.m. to 5 a.m.) should be imposed from December 26 to January 1.

According to a report titled “Advisory on recognition and containment measures for second wave of COVID-19 in Karnataka” that was prepared on the basis of recommendations given by the TAC during its November 24 meeting, it has been recommended that the State should enforce mask wearing strictly by deploying more marshals/ police to fine violators.

“The government should also consider introducing tough actions like simple imprisonment of a few hours for mask violators as done in Madhya Pradesh,” the report stated.

“An early recognition of second wave of COVID-19 in the State can be done by closely monitoring seven-day average growth rate and reproduction number at district and State levels. An epidemic intelligence team should support the State war room for early recognition of second wave and alerting the Health Department,” the report stated.

While a minimum of 1.25 lakh tests per day should continue till the end of February 2021 (of which one lakh should be RT-PCR), the State should take up fortnightly testing of all teachers, pupils, and staff in educational institutions, the report added.

Top News Today

Sign in to unlock member-only benefits!
  • Access 10 free stories every month
  • Save stories to read later
  • Access to comment on every story
  • Sign-up/manage your newsletter subscriptions with a single click
  • Get notified by email for early access to discounts & offers on our products
Sign in


Comments have to be in English, and in full sentences. They cannot be abusive or personal. Please abide by our community guidelines for posting your comments.

We have migrated to a new commenting platform. If you are already a registered user of The Hindu and logged in, you may continue to engage with our articles. If you do not have an account please register and login to post comments. Users can access their older comments by logging into their accounts on Vuukle.