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Shivakumar accuses the BJP of trying to halt his Padyatra

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On the eve of the 168-kilometer padayatra, Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar (DKS) slammed the state government for imposing a weekend curfew.

On the eve of the 168-kilometer padayatra, Karnataka Congress chief DK Shivakumar (DKS) slammed the state government for imposing a weekend curfew. DKS told reporters that the BJP was attempting to scuttle his padayatra to expedite the Mekedatu reservoir project, claiming that the state has “no COVID.” DKS will begin a 168-kilometer padayatra on Sunday and finish on January 19, defying the weekend curfew.

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Weekend curfew in Karnataka

The Karnataka government has imposed a weekend curfew across the state from 10 p.m. on Friday to 5 a.m. on Monday, as well as a new set of COVID guidelines. Theaters, malls, pubs, and bars are allowed to operate at 50% capacity, but no public gatherings are permitted. Schools in Bengaluru, with the exception of the 10th and 12th grades, will be closed for two weeks beginning January 6th. All offices will be open five days a week, Monday through Friday, and weddings will be limited to 200 people in open spaces and 100 people in closed spaces, with strict adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour.

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Only Darshan is permitted in religious establishments; Seva is not permitted. On weekdays, malls, shopping complexes, and all standalone shops and establishments will be open as usual. Sports complexes and stadiums are permitted to operate at 50% capacity. Rallies, dharnas, and protests are all outlawed. In eight Bengaluru zones, the state government has deployed eight IAS officers to handle and manage the COVID-19 situation and Omicron-related cases.

COVID-19 cases are on the rise in Karnataka.

On a daily basis, 19 cases in Karnataka have doubled, with 8,449 new cases reported on Friday. The city of Bengaluru alone accounted for 6,812 cases, putting the case positivity rate at 4.15 percent. In the state, 333 cases of the Omicron variant have been reported. Karnataka was the first state to report the new highly transmissible variant.

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