The Karnataka government has decided to end the weekend curfew starting from the end of this week, though the night curfew will remain in force as before. The decision was taken at a high-level meeting chaired by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai on Friday. Karnataka has become the second state after Maharashtra to announce some relaxations amid the third wave of the pandemic. However, unlike Maharashtra, Karnataka is still witnessing a surge in daily corona cases and Bengaluru recorded over 30,000 fresh Covid cases on Thursday. Maharashtra has decided to resume offline classes in schools from Monday.

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‘Bengaluru is yet to reach its peak’


Revenue Minister R Ashok said that the night curfew will remain in force in Karnataka. The minister said the weekend curfew would be brought back if the hospitalization rate exceeds 5%. Other restrictions mandating the presence of 50% of people in public places will also be maintained. According to experts, unlike Delhi and Mumbai, Bengaluru is yet to reach its peak. On Thursday, 47,754 cases were found across Karnataka in 24 hours while Bengaluru alone reported 30,540 fresh cases.

Why was the weekend curfew lifted?


Bommai Friday met the members of the COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee, which includes experts including doctors, civic officials, etc. Though the cases are increasing in the state, it has been decided to lift the weekend curfew in view of less admission of people in the hospitals. The CM said, “The number of hospitalizations in the current wave of Kovid is less. So there is an opinion that it would be better to carry on with daily life following the COVID guidelines and experts are examining it.”

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The Delhi government had also sent a proposal to Lt Governor Anil Baijal to abolish the weekend curfew, which Baijal rejected and said the status quo should be maintained with respect to weekend curfew and night curfew.