Sec 144 imposed in Shivamogga amidst covid-19 scare; 100 test positive for KFD

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Sec 144 imposed in Shivamogga amidst covid-19 scare; 100 test positive for KFD

Sec 144 imposed in Shivamogga amidst covid-19 scare; 100 test positive for KFD

I K   ¦    Mar 19, 2020 08:17:16 PM (IST)

Sec 144 imposed in Shivamogga amidst covid-19 scare; 100 test positive for KFD-1Shivamogga: In the wake of the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus (covid-19), the district administration, on Thursday, March 19, imposed prohibitory orders under section 144 of the CrPC in Shivamogga.

After a meeting with district officials, Deputy Commissioner K B Sivakumar ordered that roadside eateries should be shut and the imposition of section 144.

He also prohibited any religious celebrations or festivals which calls for people to gather in large numbers. "If any celebrations are compulsory, the district administration has to make sure that the rituals are performed with the minimum number of people. Heads of all religions have been directed to ensure that there are no mass gatherings in places of worship," he added.

Further, he said that since government offices are another area where people gather in large numbers, a token system has been introduced. "The people must cooperate and adjust with the changes," he said.

The management of hotels have been urged to maintain cleanliness and hygiene.

Informing about the situation in the district, the DC said that 76 people are under observation for suspected covid-19 infection and 66 are under home quarantine.

DC Sivakumar also clarified that there are no bird flu cases in the district.

100 people test positive for KFD

The DC informed that 100 people have tested positive for the Kyasanur forest disease (KFD), otherwise known as monkey fever. As many as 88 of the infected have recovered, he added.

"One patient has escaped the hospital. Health officials have been placed outside her house in order to convince her to return. If she doesn't agree, she will be forcefully readmitted to the hospital," DC Sivakumar said.