Kasaragod, March 31, 2020: The Karnataka government on Tuesday clarified that it will not open the interstate border for critically ill patients from Kasaragod amid the nationwide lockdown.
The Karnataka government stated the same to the Kerala High Court during a hearing conducted by the court through video conferencing. The rising number of COVID-19 cases in Kasaragod and the conversion of Mangaluru hospitals to COVID-19 health care centres is the reason for the same, the government clarified.
The Kerala High Court had on Monday sought the views of the Advocate General of Karnataka on the issue of the government of the neighbouring state blocking its borders with Kerala.
Considering a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by Kerala High Court Advocates Association, seeking a direction for opening the roads, a bench comprising Justices A K Jayasankaran Nambiar and Shaji P Chali requested the Advocate General of Karnataka to join the hearing at 11 am on Tuesday through video conferencing.
The Court orally observed that the blockades erecting embankments on the inter-state roads would affect the people’s right to life.
The Karnataka government had blocked the state highway with to prevent movement of vehicles carrying essential goods and people seeking emergency treatment at hospitals in the city of Mangalore bordering Kasaragod.
With 97 infected patients, Kasaragod has the largest number of COVID-19 cases in Kerala. 7,437 people are under observation in the district.