Mangaluru: Speaking at a press meet held here on Monday June 7, Dakshina Kannada Deputy Commissioner Dr Rajendra said, “the Covid positivity rate is hovering around 20-21%. This calls for strict enforcement of guidelines to avoid unnecessary movement of the public.”
He said that the positivity rate should come down to 5% for the lockdown to be lifted or else there will be partial lockdown with stringent guidelines. In order to curb the spread of infection, 10 flying squads are deputed to monitor violations in the MCC limits, he added.
DC went on to say that even in rural areas, strict measures will be undertaken. “People are requested to stay at home and not venture out without a reason. I have asked the police department to take stringent action against the violators and set up checkposts. People should co-operate to curb and help break the chain of infection. There are some villages in gram panchayat limits where there are more than 50 cases, we will look into enforcing tougher preventive measures in such villages," he said.
He added that there are more than 50 cases reported in 11 gram panchayat limits and in these places special lockdown will be imposed. Even the weddings which are already scheduled in these villages will not be allowed and until the cases do not decline, events cannot be conducted in these gram panchayat limits, he said.
Speaking on the occasion, Police commissioner N Shashi Kumar urged the public to abstain from travelling to a longer distance for the purchase of essentials.
Superintendent of police, Rishikesh Sonawane, MCC commissioner, Akshy Shridhar, Zilla panchayath CEO Kumar and others were present.
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