Amid 62 Cases In India, Karnataka Calls Coronavirus 'dangerous Epidemic'; Advisory Issued

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Amid increasing Coronavirus scare in India, Karnataka on Wednesday has issued a government advisory calling Coronavirus a 'dangerous epidemic disease'.

Written By Misha Bhatt | Mumbai | Updated On:

Amid the increasing Coronavirus scare in India, the state of Karnataka on Wednesday has issued a government advisory calling Coronavirus a 'dangerous epidemic disease'. The government of Karnataka notification stated temporary regulations in the State.

"In exercise of the powers conferred Under section 2, 3, 4 of the epidemic diseases act 1897, central act 3 of 1897. The government is pleased to issue temporary regulations and take special measures by the public to prevent the outbreak. These regulations may be called Karnataka Epidemic diseases COVID-19 regulations 2020," the government notification read.

According to the notification, all hospitals in the State, including government and private ones, should have flu corners for the screening of suspected cases of COVID-19.

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Containment measures that could be implemented 

The notification issued by the government also stated that if any cases of COVID-19 are reported from a defined geographic area, the district administration of the concerned district will have the right to implement the following containment measures in order to prevent the spread of diseases:

  • Sealing of geographic area
  • Barring of entry and exit of the population from the containment area
  • Closure of schools, offices and banning public gathering
  • Banning vehicular movement in the area
  • Designating any government or private building as a containment unit for the isolation of cases
  • The staff of all government departments shall be at the disposal of the concerned district administration of the concerned area for discharging the duty of containment measures.

If any person, institution or organisation violates the regulations issued by the state government, he/she/it will be punished under section 188 of the IPC.

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Coronavirus outbreak

India has so far recorded 62 cases of coronavirus since the disease first broke out in December last year. As per reports, there are currently 58 active COVID-19 cases, of which 4 patients have recovered fully. Most of these cases have been reported out of the southern state of Kerala, where the first Indian COVID-19 case came into light in early February. The health ministry has advised people against mass gatherings to avoid the spread of the deadly virus in the country. 

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