Bengaluru Reports 78 New Covid Cases and One Fatality in the Last 24 Hours; Karnataka Government Forms Committee to Monitor Covid Measures


In the latest developments from Bengaluru, Karnataka reported 78 fresh Covid-19 cases and one related death in the past 24 hours. As of today, December 22, the total number of active cases in the state stands at 175, with four Covid-19 deaths reported since December 15.

Responding to the escalating situation, the Karnataka government, on Friday, established a four-member cabinet sub-committee to oversee measures aimed at containing the spread of Covid-19. Led by state Health Minister Dinesh Gundu Rao, the committee includes Social Welfare Minister Dr H C Mahadevappa, Medical Education Minister Dr Sharan Prakash Patil, and Higher Education Minister Dr M C Sudhakar.

In a significant announcement, Chief Minister Siddaramaiah declared that restrictions on wearing hijab (head scarf) in educational institutions within the state will be lifted from December 23 onwards. Addressing the public during the inauguration of three police stations in Nanjangud, Mysuru district, the Chief Minister emphasized the personal nature of choices regarding dress and food. He underscored the importance of avoiding external interference in such matters.

However, the decision sparked a reaction from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), expressing concerns about the “secular nature” of educational institutions. BJP state president BY Vijayendra voiced his apprehensions on social media, stating, “CM Siddaramaiah’s decision to withdraw the Hijab ban in educational institutions raises concerns about the secular nature of our educational spaces.” He further expressed concerns about potentially dividing young minds along religious lines, hindering the inclusive learning environment.

As Bengaluru navigates the challenges posed by the ongoing Covid-19 situation, the government’s proactive measures and policy decisions continue to shape the trajectory of the state’s response to the pandemic.

source: The Indian EXPRESS

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