Karnataka bans flights, trains from TN’s Covid hotspots

The Karnataka government has decided to ban flights from five states of Tamil Nadu, Maharastra, Gujrat, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan, after witnessing a rise in the number of coronavirus cases reported from those coming from there.

The decision was taken by the state cabinet also included the road and train services. After the Cabinet meeting, Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister JC Madhuswamy said “There are a lot of people from these states who have come to Karnataka already and are in quarantine.

Many of them in quarantine are testing positive in large numbers. If more people come we fear that they will also get infected. So, unless those in quarantine finish their mandatory stay, we won’t relax the ban.”

Stating that several ministers had demanded this ban, he added: “We have a lot of asymptomatic cases from those coming from Maharashtra especially. We have to test everyone coming from these states.”

“And even those who are in quarantine without symptoms fear they will also get it. If more people come, they will have to wait in quarantine to get tested and it is better to avoid that. So, we have taken this decision,” he added.

Meanwhile, Nokia has suspended operations at a telecoms gear manufacturing plant in Tamil Nadu, the company said, after some employees tested positive for COVID-19.

Nokia did not disclose how many workers at the plant in Sriperumbudur tested positive, but reports said they were at least 42. The company said it had already implemented measures such as social distancing and changes to canteen facilities.