Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa. (ANI file photo)
BENGALURU: With home quarantine becoming the mainstay for isolating travellers from all states – barring Maharashtra – chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday ordered the home department to register FIRs against those violating the 14-day norm. The number of Covid-19 patients in the state has registered a steep rise since inter-state travel was opened up, undermining the government’s efforts to control the spread of the disease.
The chief minister convened a review meeting on Tuesday to take stock of the exponential spike in cases, primarily attributed to the influx of returnees from Maharashtra, in light of the relaxations implemented under Unlock 1.0. In particular, the CM focused on the situation in the six districts of Kalaburagi, Vijayapura, Udupi, Yadgir, Raichur and Belagavi which have shown a considerable spike in the past two weeks.
Yediyurappa asked officials to enforce strict vigil to monitor those undergoing home quarantine across the state. “The system needs to be vigilant to ensure those under home quarantine comply with the norms. File FIR (first information report) against those found violating the rules,” Yediyurappa told the officials. He also sought police personnel to be deployed near houses to monitor compliance.
Echoing the CM, medical education minister K Sudhakar said in Hassan that the government’s focus will now shift to home quarantine.
Stay in taluk HQs, CM tells DCs, SPs
Once Unlock 1.0 comes into force, we are looking at the possibility of changing our quarantine strategy. We are looking at using technology and task forces for monitoring home quarantine, as it has become untenable for the government to continue institutional quarantine,” he said. Yediyurappa directed the DCs, district SPs and chief executive officers of zilla panchayats to stay at the taluk headquarters to supervise work for controlling the pandemic.