Week-long lockdown in Bhatkal from today

Source: DHNS | Published on 24th March 2020, 1:48 PM | Coastal News |

Kartwar: Deputy Commissioner K Harishkumar said that lockdown has been declared in Bhatkal sub-division for a week from March 24 as a precautionary measure to check the spread of Covid-19. However, essential services would continue during the lockdown.

Informing about this at a press conference in Karwar on Monday, he said that 40% of the total people who have returned to Uttara Kannada from foreign countries were from Bhatkal. This makes Bhatkal vulnerable as the presence of Covid-19 was high in some of the foreign countries and it is likely the Coronavirus may spread in the town through these foreign-returnees who sometimes fail to stay home-quarantined. Bhatkal lockdown was the only solution to check the spread of Covid-19. Therefore, such a decision was taken. In days to come, the lockdown may be extended to Kumta, Sirsi and Karwar sub-divisions if a need arises.

The deputy commissioner said that a man hailing from Bhatkal and had returned from a foreign country had tested positive for Covid-19 but he was under treatment in Mangaluru. He clarified that there was no direct link between the Bhatkal man testing positive and the lockdown. The prohibitory orders clamped on the entire district from March 24 was unlike the one imposed during law and order problems. These prohibitory orders were imposed keeping public health in mind.

'Do not violate orders'

Superintendent of Police Shivaprakash Devaraju warned that those violating the prohibitory orders would be booked under Sec 188 of the Indian Penal Code.

"In many other districts, those who have returned from foreign countries were found attending programmes and roaming about in their towns and cities though they were asked to be home-quarantined. Cases have been registered against such people who have violated the orders. People in Uttara Kannada must ensure that such situations do not arise in the district," he said.

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