Headlines December 24, 2020
Karnataka imposes night curfew till 2 January
As a new mutant Coronavirus causes fear across the globe, Karnataka government has issued a 10 pm to 6 am curfew beginning on 23 December till 2 January. Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa made the announcement on Wednesday after a meeting with Health Minister K Sudhakar. Yediyurappa said that people must cooperate with the government in order to curb spread of virus. Apart from Karnataka, Maharashtra government had also imposed night restrictions till 5 January.
Christmas and New Year celebrations will be low-key due to restrictions in the state. Though Yediyurappa on Tuesday said that there is no need for a curfew, he decided to change stand as number of Covid cases were rising in the state.
The mutant Coronavirus was detected in United Kingdom (UK) after which an emergency lockdown was imposed in the country. Almost 30 countries including India has shut down their borders to UK. The new virus is believed to be 70 percent more infectious. All the passengers coming from the UK have to mandatorily take the Covid-19 test and can leave the airport only after they are tested negative.
After Maharashtra, Karnataka has the most number of Covid-19 cases which is over 9 lakh.
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