Coronavirus Scare: All schools, colleges to be shut in Karnataka for a weak (Photo Credit: File photo)
Amid the threat of coronavirus outbreak, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday announced that all malls, cinema halls, pubs, wedding ceremonies and other large gatherings will be banned for another one week in the state.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa: All malls, cinema halls, pubs, wedding ceremonies and other large gatherings in the state have been banned for another one week. (File pic) pic.twitter.com/fNtjTIUvwL— ANI (@ANI) March 13, 2020
Earlier in the day, Yediyurappa government asked doctors and other health staff to work on public holidays till the spread of coronavirus gets contained.
The Karnataka government issued a circular stating that several emergency measures are being taken to control the transmision of COVID-19.
"Till the situation improves, office heads have been instructed not to grant any holiday for doctors, officers/staff. Those who are already on leave should be instructed to return to work", the circular reads.
Moreover, the state government on Thursday confirmed India’s first COVID-19 death. A senior official from Health Ministry said that the death of the man, who had visited Saudi Arabia from January 29 to February 29, “is confirmed to be caused due to co-morbidity and has also tested positive for COVD-19”.
"The 76-year-old man from Kalaburagi who passed away & was a suspected #COVID19 patient has been Confirmed for #COVID19. The necessary contact tracing, isolation & other measures as per protocol are being carried out," , Karnataka Health Minister B Sriramulu had said in a tweet.
The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has announced similar measures to curb the transmission of coronavirus. Under the stringent measures that have come in force with immediate effect, all schools and colleges have been closed till March 22 in Uttar Pradesh as well.
(With PTI inputs)