Amid global fears over the new mutant strain of coronavirus, a night curfew has been announced in Karnataka – between 10 PM to 6 AM – till January 2. Karnataka has become the second state after Maharashtra to announce new restrictions this week as concern grows over the new strain, which is believed to be 70 per cent more infectious. It was first found in the United Kingdom. All passengers coming from the UK will have to undergo COVID-19 RT-PCR tests within 72 hours, the state government has said. “In view of the new strain of coronavirus, it has been decided to impose (a) night curfew from today to January 2 between 10 PM to 6 AM. I request everyone to cooperate,” Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said today. He had told reporters yesterday. “there’s no need for night curfew for now,” while stressing “we’ve to be extra cautious”, news agency PTI reported. “This (night curfew) has been done to prevent and contain the coronavirus strain found in the UK. We are also monitoring international passengers arriving in the state,” Karnataka Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said, adding “there’s no ban on inter-state travel”. Schools will reopen for class 10 and class 12 students from January 1, the Health Minister said. The new restrictions are likely to cloud the Christmas and New Year celebrations. “Between December 23 and January 2, no event or festive celebration is allowed to take place after 10 pm. It applies to every kind of event,” Dr K Sudhakar told reporters today when asked if Christmas celebrations would be allowed on Friday. On Monday, Maharashtra announced an 11 PM to 6 AM night curfew till January 5 in Mumbai and other cities, a day after Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said he was against a night curfew although experts had recommended it.