21:27 GMT06 August 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced on 14 April the extension of the COVID-19 lockdown for a further period of 19 days. Modi said “let us extend the strictness and austerity in the fight against Corona for the upcoming one week.”

    Defying the lockdown norms to wind, former Chief of Karnataka H.D. Kumaraswamy held the wedding ceremony of his son Nikhil Kumaraswamy on Friday at Ramanagara in the state. A video shared by some unidentified guest through news agency ANI shows hundreds of persons at the venue, with scant regard for the prevailing “social distancing” norms.

    ​Meanwhile, the state Deputy chief C.N. Ashwath Narayan deemed it a mockery of the system and called for a report from the police.  

    ​The high-profile wedding was held at a farmhouse outside the state capital Bengaluru and media were kept out of the vicinity. Nikhil wedded Revati, the grand-niece of a former minister from the opposition Congress party,  M Krishnappa.

    Karnataka has 315 active COVID-19 cases as of Friday, according to the Federal Health and Family Welfare Ministry. The state which had reported the first death in the country due to Coronavirus infection has so far lost 13 lives to the disease, while 82 people were discharged after recovery.

    On the national level, there were 11,201 positive cases, while 437 people lost their lives to the infection.  1,748 people were cured and discharged from hospitals as on Friday.


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