Madikeri, May 10 : With the relaxation of lockdown, a large number of people who were stranded outside the state and district are returning back to their native villages in Kodagu district leading to threat of the coronavirus spreading.
The district administration has strengthened its check posts at Koppa and Sampaje on the border to keep a tab on those who return. Those who are returning from high-risk zones of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi, Tamil Nadu and Rajasthan are being quarantined at hostels and residential schools.
Deputy Commissioner Annies Kanmani Joy said on Sunday that as many as 600 people from outside the state have registered with Seva Sindhu online portal to return to the district. According to official sources, more than 3,000 people who were stranded in other districts have entered Kodagu via Kushalnagar check post. About 1,000 people have entered the district through Sampaje check post. All of them will be sent to institutional quarantine facilities after being stamped with a seal on their hand.
"We will monitor those who have returned to the district from Davangere, Bidar, Vijayapura, Bengaluru, Belagavi, Kalburgi, Mysuru and Mandya," sources added. Coffee District Kodagu is in the green zone list. The inflow of people from outside the district and state have increased the threat of the spread of Covid-19. People should cooperate with the district administration and avoid unnecessary movement within the district to contain the spread of Covid-19, sources added. (UNI)