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Existing weekend curfew in border districts will continue

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The Karnataka government on Saturday has decided to continue with the existing guidelines – night curfew across the state and weekend curfew in border districts.

This means the weekend curfew in Belagavi will continue.

From today, however, the City corporation elections will kick start, and how I am not sure how the same would have an impact on the elections and campaigning.

Genome testing lab would be set up in Belagavi as well in the next three weeks.

It also decided to delegate powers to manage COVID-19 to the district authorities instead of taking a statewide call on restrictions and lockdown.

The government came up with district-specific plans as the Technical Advisory Committee on COVID-19 was of the opinion that the second wave was not over.

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According to Bommai, the experts expressed concern that the positivity rate was not dipping and lingering between 1,600 to 1,800 cases per day. Towards the end of the first wave, the cases had come down to 300 cases a day, he explained.

The government also decided to set up six genome testing labs in the next three weeks in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Shivamogga, Kalaburagi and Belagavi to track the new variants.

Regarding the opening of schools, the chief minister said schools (Std 9 to 12)will be opened from August 23. The classes will resume in two batches alternatively.

‘The Standard Operating Procedure is ready regarding how many students should be allowed and what precautions to be taken,’ the CM added.

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