New Delhi (NVI): The Karnataka government today announced the imposition of night curfew in the state starting tonight, amid concern over the new coronavirus strain.
The nine-day night curfew will remain in force till January 2 from 10 pm to 6 am.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa made the announcement after a meeting to review the COVID-19 situation in the state with the Karnataka health minister K Sudhakar and technical advisory committee.
According to the reports, Karnataka health minister said, “This night curfew has been done to prevent and contain the coronavirus strain found in the UK. We are also monitoring international passengers arriving in the state.”
Sudhakar on being asked if Christmas celebrations would be allowed said, “Between December 23 and January 2, no function or festive celebration is allowed to take place after 10 pm. It applies to every kind of function.”
The development comes just a day after Yediyurappa said that there was no need for a night curfew ahead of Christmas and New Year in the state.
Earlier, the state government had also banned DJ parties on New Year’s eve in Karnataka to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Meanwhile, Karnataka recorded 1,141 coronavirus cases and 13 fatalities on Tuesday, which pushed the overall caseload to 9,11,3872 in the state.