The Karnataka government withdrew the curfew order on Thursday night. In a statement, Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa’s office said the decision was taken following public comments.
“Considering the public opinion that the night curfew order is not required, the decision was taken after consultation with cabinet colleagues and senior officials and it was decided to withdraw the night curfew order,” the CMO statement said.
Yeddyurappa appealed to the people to exercise self-control by wearing masks, hand hygiene and social distance to prevent the spread of the corona virus.
The night curfew was to be imposed in the state from 11pm to 5am with effect from December 24. It was supposed to be until January 2nd. The decision to impose this was taken on Wednesday and was withdrawn today.
The government has decided to impose a night curfew in light of a new variant of the SARS-Cowie-2 virus found in the United Kingdom. The government has issued Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for night curfew orders.
The decision came after Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar said the day before that the Technical Advisory Council (DAC) had advised the government to impose a night curfew.
On the possibility of a new variant of the corona virus coming to Karnataka, the minister said laboratory test reports of about 300 to 400 people are likely to come on Thursday.
Some other states are pushing for the issuance of night curfews to check the spread of the disease. Maharashtra was one of the first states to do so after the news of the new strain of the virus broke.
Iqbal Singh Sahal, Commissioner, Brihanmumbai Corporation (PMC), a civic body in Mumbai, said, “This is not a normal New Year and that is why we cannot hold ordinary celebrations. A curfew has been imposed to prevent such violations from happening again. ”
Punjab, Manipur, Gujarat and Himachal Pradesh are implementing night curfew and other measures to ensure the safety of the people of the state.