Mysuru, July 22:- The restrictions are more in areas where the coronavirus death rate is more and elsewhere there is considerable freedom, said Deputy Commissioner Abhiram G Sankar here on Wednesday (July 22).
In his speech telecast on Facebook Live, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Tuesday (July 21) had made it clear that lockdown would not be extended anymore though containment zones would not be relaxed. Responding to the lockdown in some of the areas in Narasimha Raja Constituency, Sankar said, “Considering the fact that the number of deaths is more in the constituency, we decided to keep some of the areas under watch. Wherever there was suspicion, people were asked to undergo a coronavirus test. But due to non-cooperation by some people, we were forced to enforce lockdown.”
Continuing further, the DC said, “Movement of people is not hampered during the partial lockdown. The restriction is only on unnecessary movement of people from one place to another. Restrictions have to be certainly more in areas where deaths are more. The order of the district administration will be in force for some more time.”
Sankar said so far 550 cases have been screened using antigen test kits and of that, 115 cases have tested positive. “Antigen test has proved to be very effective in saving lives. Rural areas also need to be looked into. We have requested the state government to provide us with 10,000 antigen kits. This should go a long way in identifying positive cases and give proper treatment.”
Responding to coronavirus cases at JK Tyres, the DC said the administration has been in touch with the factory management. “Most of the employees have been covered under medical insurance and JK Tyres can, therefore, start Covid Care Centre to treat them. We can’t depend on the state government for everything.” (MR/KS)