Former Karnataka CM HD Kumaraswamy blames officials for the surge of COVID-19 cases in Mandya district

Accuses district administration of not quarantining 7,000 labourers from Mumbai

Agencies | Updated on: Sunday, May 03, 2020, 08:41 AM IST


Bengaluru (Karnataka): JDS leader and former Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy accused the Mandya district administration of the surge in COVID-19 cases in the district and not quarantining 7,000 labourers who arrived here from Mumbai.

"As we know that 16,000 labourers from Mandya were working in Mumbai, out of which 7,000 people have arrived in the district. However, none of them was quarantined properly which is a violation of COVID-19 lockdown," Kumaraswamy told reporters here on Friday.

He claimed the district administration has shown "gross negligence" in their duty in following the procedure of COVID-19 as "one COVID-19 patient's dead body which was brought here from Mumbai has led to more cases in the district and those who accompanied the body have also tested positive for the virus." Kumaraswamy appealed to the state government to strictly maintain lockdown norms and do not allow any relaxations in view of the rise in COVID-19 cases, stating that "any kind of relaxation could lead to a huge disaster."

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Published on: Sunday, May 03, 2020, 06:30 AM IST