The Karnataka government on August 30 announced the uplifting of night curfew in all but four districts of the state, considering the prevailing COVID-19 situation.
The government has also tightened the travel norms for visitors arriving from Kerala, where the coronavirus caseload continues to remain high.
"In meeting chaired by Chief Minister Basavaraj Bommai, it was decided that night curfew would be relaxed in all areas except Kodagu, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada and Udupi districts, which share borders with Kerala, that is reporting a high Covid caseload," state Revenue Minister R Ashok said.
Considering the high number of cases being reported in neighbouring Kerala, all passengers arriving from the state would need to undergo a mandatory seven-day quarantine.
"One week institutional quarantine and testing after seven days, irrespective of vaccination or negative RTPCR report, is compulsory for people coming from Kerala," Ashok added.
Frequently Asked Questions
A vaccine works by mimicking a natural infection. A vaccine not only induces immune response to protect people from any future COVID-19 infection, but also helps quickly build herd immunity to put an end to the pandemic. Herd immunity occurs when a sufficient percentage of a population becomes immune to a disease, making the spread of disease from person to person unlikely. The good news is that SARS-CoV-2 virus has been fairly stable, which increases the viability of a vaccine.
There are broadly four types of vaccine — one, a vaccine based on the whole virus (this could be either inactivated, or an attenuated [weakened] virus vaccine); two, a non-replicating viral vector vaccine that uses a benign virus as vector that carries the antigen of SARS-CoV; three, nucleic-acid vaccines that have genetic material like DNA and RNA of antigens like spike protein given to a person, helping human cells decode genetic material and produce the vaccine; and four, protein subunit vaccine wherein the recombinant proteins of SARS-COV-2 along with an adjuvant (booster) is given as a vaccine.
Vaccine development is a long, complex process. Unlike drugs that are given to people with a diseased, vaccines are given to healthy people and also vulnerable sections such as children, pregnant women and the elderly. So rigorous tests are compulsory. History says that the fastest time it took to develop a vaccine is five years, but it usually takes double or sometimes triple that time.
Notably, Kerala is accounting for nearly half of the daily COVID-19 infections being reported across the country. The state, as per the latest health department update, has recorded 19,622 new positive cases in the past 24 hours. The test-positivity rate stood at 16.74 percent, whereas, the number of active cases has soared past the 2 lakh-mark.Karnataka, on the other hand, has witnessed a decline in the COVID-19 graph since June. The state reported 973 new cases and 15 deaths on August 30. The active caseload has dropped below 20,000.