Complete lockdown in Karnataka extended till June 14
Bengaluru : Keeping an eye on the current situation of coronavirus in state, the Karnataka government has decided to extend the complete lockdown till June 14. The positivity and fatality rate remain high in the state and rural areas are also reporting coronavirus cases.
As per the latest updates, the daily timings for purchase of essentials will remain unchanged, from 6 AM to 10 AM, though there is mounting pressure from all to extend the timing till 2 PM.
Earlier, health experts had suggested an extension of lockdown by at least one week as the positivity rate in the state was about 15%.
Moreover, the state’s Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee, in its report to the state government, has suggested that the positivity rate has to fall below 5% and the number of daily cases below 5,000 for restrictions on movement and activities to be relaxed.
On Wednesday, Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa had also hinted that the strict measures may continue in the state as the infection is still being detected in the rural areas.
He had, however, indicated that relaxation may be given to certain sectors, as he announced that export oriented businesses will be allowed to operate from Thursday.
“I will have a discussion with everyone to make a decision on measures that need to be taken regarding lockdown. Most importantly I have decided to give permission to those involved in exports. So export oriented business will be allowed from Thursday,” Yediyurappa said.
The death toll due to COVID-19 in Karnataka crossed 30,000, as the state on Wednesday reported 463 fatalities and 16,387 new cases, taking the total number of infections to 26,35,122. The day also saw 21,199 discharges.
As of June 2 evening, cumulatively 26,35,122 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 30,017 deaths and 23,12,060 discharges. Total number of active cases in the state is at 2,93,024.