ByRajashekara S / Updated: Jun 29, 2020, 09:26 IST

Karnataka government is ordering e-tags to ensure nobody breaks the home quarantine protocol: Covid-19 in-charge Minister for the state

Like most things in the 2011 thriller ‘Contagion’ by Steven Soderbergh, one of the last scenes is also coming true;

Revenue minister R Ashoka is the third covid-19 in-charge for Karnataka after Sreeramulu and K Sudhakar. He’s got his task cut out as corona cases begin their climb in the state. To start with, he says, the government is ordering e-tags to ensure nobody breaks the home quarantine protocol

As covid-19 cases begin to peak in Bengaluru, the focus has turned on returnees who have to have to be under strict home quarantine. However, Capt Manivannan, special officer incharge, home quarantine task force, says that 13,000 people violated home quarantine in the last week. The new minister in-charge of covid-19 in Karnataka, R Ashoka, says the government is in talks with a Mumbai-based firm to develop e-tags that will go around the wrist of the person in home quarantine. These tags, connected to a control room, will alert officials if they break or tear it and violated home quarantine protocols.

Ashoka, the third minister to be handed the charge of covid-19 after B Sreeramulu and D Sudhakar, takes charge at a difficult time — Karnataka’s cases are spiking and the death rate is quite high. But he’s sure that he is the right man for the job as he has been Bengaluru in-charge minister and has excellent rapport with all departments. He says it’s a long and protracted battle and he is ready for it.

Another important issue that Ashoka will sort out this week is whether we are in the community transmission phase or not. Dr CN Manjunath, director of Sri Jayadeva Institute, had told Bangalore Mirror last week that community transmission had already begun.

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