Exemption order in Kalaburagi revoked; people flout lockdown norms

Exemption order in Kalaburagi revoked; people flout lockdown norms

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Kalaburagi , May 8 : Kalaburagi district administration has revoked exemption order, allowing opening of shops and bakeries amid coronavirus lockdown, after people flouted the social distancing and health norms. The exemption order was passed on May 6.

Kalaburagi Deputy Commissioner B Sharat on Thursday night issued a fresh order withdrawing relaxations in the district and disallowing opening of gold and cloth shops , mobile recharge centres, utensil shops, automobile and books shops. The order allowed only shops selling essential goods to operate. “… It has been observed that the number of positive cases in the city has been rising and the downward trend is yet to set in and gathering of crowds in large numbers without following social distancing will be detrimental to the control of spread of virus and the advantage of the lockdown will be lost due to gathering of people in large numbers,'' the order said.

In the last two days, shopkeepers in many places across Kalaburagi city opened their stores only by late afternoon, to see people making a beeline and not following the social distancing. In some places, when the stores opened, the police had to be called in to prevent crowding, and enforce physical distancing. No fresh coronavirus cases were reported from the district today. The district has recorded 67 positive cases so far, including six deaths and 26 recoveries. (UNI)