Bengaluru | Jagran News Desk: The Karnataka government on Friday decided to lift the existing weekend curfew in the state with immediate effect as COVID-19 cases in the state witnessed a significant decline. However, the state government continued with the restrictions imposed on the night movement and said that if the COVID hospitalisations will increase, the government will bring back the weekend curfew. 

"The weekend curfew on Saturday and Sunday is being lifted. This decision has been taken based on the experts' report and is subject to conditions. Now, the rate of hospitalisation is about 5 per cent. In case it increases, we will re-impose the weekend curfew," Revenue Minister R Ashoka said.

The minister appealed to people not to allow weekend curfew to be put in place again by urging them to follow COVID guidelines and precautionary measures.

"There has been demand from people, various organisations and political leaders from across party lines to lift the weekend curfew, but we have taken this decision based on experts' reports. However, the night curfew between 10 pm to 5 am every day will continue, along with a 50 per cent occupancy rule among others," he added.

Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai held a meeting with experts, senior ministers and officials of his government to assess the COVID-19 situation in the state and curbs that were in place to control its spread.

With a surge in cases, the government had last week decided to extend the existing COVID curbs such as night curfew and the weekend curfew till the end of January. The minister further said the restrictions on protests, rallies, fairs and events will continue.

Registering a steep spike, Karnataka on Thursday reported 47,754 new cases of COVID-19, and 29 fatalities, taking the tally to 33,76,953 and the death toll to 38,515. The state had recorded 41,457 fresh infections on Tuesday and 40,499 on Wednesday. The total number of active cases across the state is now 2,93,231.

There were 22,143 discharges, taking the total number of recoveries to 30,45,177, a health department bulletin said. While the positivity rate for the day stood at 18.48 per cent, the case fatality rate (CFR) was 0.06 per cent.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan