On Thursday, 90 new cases were registered in Gadag district. The number of active cases in this district is 1,056 and so far 282 people have died due to COVID.
On one hand the government is trying to recover from the COVID-19 pandemic by vaccinating all the people as soon as possible, while on the other hand people are seeing their faith as a strong ‘weapon’ against it. Hesitation about vaccination continues in rural areas. People in Daval Malik village of Gadag district of Karnataka are against getting the vaccine, they believe they have the blessings of Baba Daval Malik, after whom the village is named.
According to the report of the English newspaper The New Indian Express, the people of this village consider Dawal Malik as “God”. So far not a single case of Korana virus infection has come in this village with a population of 500. Health department officials tried to convince the people of the village to get the vaccine, but to no avail.
The employees of Mulgund Primary Health Center also tried to convince the villagers. Gram Panchayat officers and health officials explained a lot to the people about the magnitude of the second wave of corona infection and the deaths due to it. But despite this, the villagers believe that no virus can kill them.
The government need not worry about us – rural
A person from the village told the newspaper, “Corona virus will not come to our village. Even if it comes, it will not kill us because we live close to God, who is trusted by thousands of devotees. God will save us from all diseases. That’s why we are not taking any vaccine. They (government) need not worry about us.”
An official of Mulgund Primary Health Center said, “We are spreading awareness about vaccination in rural areas. But the people of Dawal Malik village are not coming forward for this. They have a wrong feeling about vaccination. We will try to convince them and vaccinate everyone in a few days.”
So far 282 people have died in Gadag district
The number of active cases of COVID-19 in Karnataka is still 2.10 lakh, which is the highest in the country. On Thursday, 11,042 new cases were reported in the state. At the same time, 90 new cases were registered in Gadag district. The number of active cases in this district is 1,056 and so far 282 people have died due to COVID. A total of 25,198 cases have come here so far. A total of 32,485 people have died due to infection in Karnataka so far.
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced to extend the lockdown implemented in the state in 11 districts with high positivity rate till June 21. At the same time, some relief will be given in the rest of the state from June 14. He said that after the current lockdown in the state, the COVID curfew will be in force from 7 pm to 5 am and the weekend curfew will be applicable from 7 pm on Friday to 5 am on Monday. The current lockdown is ending on June 14.
He said that due to high positivity rate in Chikmagalur, Shivamogga, Davangere, Mysuru, Chamarajaganar, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Bengaluru Rural, Mandya, Belagavi and Kodugu districts, no change has been made in the existing guidelines. The Chief Minister said that apart from 11 districts in the state, industries have been allowed to operate with 50 percent personnel in the rest.
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