Madikeri ,Mar 19 : Deputy Commissioner of Kodagu district Annies Kanmani Joy on Thursday imposed Section 144 in the district, after a 35-year-old man here tested positive for Novel Coronavirus.
In an official statement issued here, Ms Joy said the prohibition will be effective from today onwards and remain in place till March 31. The person who tested positive in Kodagu district, had arrived from Saudi Arabia and has been admitted in an isolated ward of a hospital. Ms Joy declared that a second test was also carried out on the person to make sure whether he has COVID-19 and it also came out positive. All scheduled events and site-seeing activities have been banned in the district, in a bid to check the spread of the deadly virus.
Under Section 144 (3), religious rituals held at temples and other religious centres can only be attended by people, who are organising them. All Sevas in the temples have been banned. The devotees are allowed to have Darshan in the temple. However, Temples, Churches and Mosques have been barred from organising programmes, which attract mass gatherings.
The weekly shandy markets (farmer's markets) have also been banned. Tourists have been prohibited from visiting Malpe beach and other tourist spots, said an official statement. The statement warned of initiating strict action against those, who demand an exorbitant price for N95 masks and sanitisers in the district. If pharmacists create an artificial shortage of masks and sanitisers, then action will be initiated against them, the DC warned. It advised the inmates of the hostels and paying guest accommodations, to return to their native places as schools and colleges have declared holidays. (UNI)