Yeddyurappa discusses extension of lockdown with relaxations

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CM B S Yeddyurappa (Image tweeted by @ANI)
CM B S Yeddyurappa (Image tweeted by @ANI)

Bengaluru : Amid rumoured reports that Karnataka government is planning to lift the lockdown from the state, CM B S Yeddyurappa on Wednesday cleared the and made a big announcement - with continuous cases of coronavirus coming lifting lockdown cannot be an option. However, he mentioned that his government is discussing an extension in the lockdown with some relaxations in districts with less number of coronavirus cases. 

Speaking to a news daily, B S Yeddyurappa admitted that the coronavirus cases in the state are not yet under control so they will be extending the lockdown with some relaxations.

On May 31, Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka had said that the government will now be relaxing the lockdown in phased manner as the daily number of new COVID-19 infections had come under 1000 in Bengaluru.

"I have given my opinion to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa about unlocking the lockdown in a phased manner by opening one after another sector," Ashoka had said.

Talking about lifting the restrictions on June 7, the minister had said that there is a request from some sectors to lift curbs stage by stage. However, the minister warned that the lockdown will continue if the number of infections does not come down in the state.

“The restrictions will be eased only when the infections reduce. For example, in Delhi, the cases are about 1,000 a day. In Bengaluru, the number should come below 1,000 a day and in Karnataka, it should be limited to just 2,000 to 3,000. Then only the government will consider easing the lockdown,” the minister had said.

On Monday, more than 20,000 new coronavirus cases were registered in the state. 411 people lost their lives in a time duration of 24 hours.