Karnataka government has declared 14-day complete lockdown from Tuesday 6pm to scale back the number of infections and to interrupt the chain of the virus. “Essential services allowed between 6am and 10am. After 10am, shops to remain closed. only construction, manufacturing & agriculture sectors allowed,” said Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa. cabinet resolved to write to state election commission to defer all upcoming polls for at least 3 months.
After the Karnataka cabinet’s meeting on Monday, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has declared lockdown across the state from April 27 at 9 pm until May 9. According to Yediyurappa, the shops that offer essential services can be open from 6 am to 10 am on a daily basis and there will be no public transport availability.
It is said that the government will issue separate guidelines by the end of the day. Since the Covid cases are increasing in state and with the same capacity in the city Bengaluru, few members of the Technical advisory Committee (TAC) that hold a meeting on April 24 suggested the govt. for a two-week-long down and this was the result of that the government announced a long lockdown of two continuous weeks.
The CM states that “COVID curfew will be implemented in the state from tomorrow 9 pm for the next 14 days,” and used the phrase “Close Down” for this happening.
The Chief Minister said government hospitals would offer free vaccinations for those between eighteen and forty four years; the Centre has proclaimed that those over forty five are going to be given shots free of price.
The state yesterday reported 34,804 new COVID-19 cases, that takes its total cases to 13.39 lakh. a total of 143 deaths were reported , taking the tally to 14,426.
“People will have to cooperate. If they do, we can achieve our target,” Mr Yediyurappa said. He also mentioned that the Inter/intra-state travel will not be allowed on these days until or unless its an emergency travel purpose.