Hubballi: As the third wave of Covid infection approaches, the district administration and the Hubballi-Dharwad Municipal Corporation have increased their efforts to halt the spread of new Coronavirus infection.
The HDMC, which was a little more lenient following the decrease in the second wave of Covid, and the government, also loosened the restrictions. However, the public, who have not learnt a lesson from the previous two waves, has once again begun to throw Covid rules to the wind, and as a result, cases are on the rise in many regions of Karnataka.
The Dharwad district administration is making efforts in the early stages of the third wave to contain the spread of infection by forcing the people to practice Covid Appropriate Behavior (CAB). The administration is already keeping a check on travellers travelling in the city from Maharashtra and Kerala, where Covid instances have been on the rise. Four travellers and one passenger who arrived in the city without an RT-PCR negative report were placed in institutional quarantine on Wednesday and Thursday, respectively.
The HDMC and police department are working together to get the public to obey the CAB, thus marshals hired by the HDMC and its personnel are fining those who do not follow the CAB. On Thursday, the HDMC officials fined 399 persons who were discovered breaking the rules, levying an Rs84,150 penalty on the violators. Such offenders are also fined by the police. On Thursday, police were spotted visiting crowded areas such as clothing stores and jewellery stores, reminding customers to observe Covid appropriate behaviour.