Bengaluru: Even as the Ministry of Home Affairs has given free hand to the states to impose nigh curfew or lockdowns, Karnataka is unlikely to take that route.
Health Commissioner Pankaj Kumar Pandey, ruling out these options said that the guidelines, effective for December, allow states and Union Territories to impose lockdowns and night curfews based on their assessment, but Karnataka is not likely to exercise such options as the situation at present doesn’t warrant it.
“As for new containment and surveillance guidelines, we are already implementing most of them,” he said.
After the nationwide lockdown was lifted, the state government had re-imposed a lockdown between July 12-22.
It was noticed that the cases spiked in July- September and began to decline from October.
The centre has asked for intensive house to house surveillance in containment zones and also stricter control on movement of people in or out of these zones (except for medical emergencies and for maintaining supply of essential goods and services).
Testing shall be carried out as per protocol. Listing of contacts shall be carried out in respect of all persons found positive, along with their tracking, identification, quarantine and follow up of contacts for 14 days, with 80% of contacts to be traced in 72 hours,” the guidelines said.