Bengaluru: Hours after announcing a ban on entry to people from Maharashtra, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, and Rajasthan by flight, train and roadways, the Karnataka government clarified that they have not banned flights from these state, but merely asked that the number of flights be limited.
A statement released on Thursday evening read, "The State Government has requested the Civil Aviation Ministry to reduce the number of flights, emanating from Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan to Karnataka, in view of the high number of Covid-19 Cases prevalent there. In a clarification issued to the Media this evening, the Minister for Law and Parliamentary Affairs Mr J C Madhuswamy has said that Karnataka has not sought for imposing a ban on flights emanating from these places, as reported in some sections of the Media."
It can be recalled that earlier in the day, the state government had announced a ban on entry to people from the five aforementioned states in view of the spike in COVID-19 cases in the state.
This decision was taken during the Cabinet meeting held earlier in the day.
The new press release clarifies that the state has appealed to the Civil Aviation Ministry limit the air traffic to Karnataka as there might not be "adequate quarantine facilities if there is a huge turn out at a short span of time".
Karnataka has reported a total of 2,533 COVID-19 cases so far. This includes 47 deaths and 834 discharges.
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