The man had returned to his hometown after a month-long visit to Saudi Arabia and fallen sick after his arrival. Several people are said to have come in contact with him before he breathed his last. Of them, four of his family members were suspected of infection and hospitalised. State health minister B Sriramulu on Sunday confirmed that the results of one of them was positive, while samples of three others had tested negative for the virus earlier.
HC MOVES TO CONTAIN SPREAD
The Karnataka High Court on Sunday announced a slew of measures to contain the spread of coronavirus that included a directive to all its benches at Bengaluru, Dharwad and Kalaburgi and district and trial courts to take up only urgent matters until further orders.
In two separate memorandums issued to the benches of the high court and to district and trial courts, Chief Justice Abhay Shreeniwas Oka said only those matters on the cause list that are stated to be urgent by the members of the bar or parties in person will be taken up at the discretion of the court. “The recording of evidence of witnesses shall be postponed except in exceptional cases,” the directive says.
The chief justice has also asked courts not to insist on the presence of litigants during hearing even in urgent matters, unless it is mandatory — for instance, in case of an applicant seeking anticipatory bail. Starting Monday, the high court premises will also have thermal screening.