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Karnataka unlock: CM Yediyurappa hints at further relaxation of Covid-19 restrictions

People buy fruits and vegetables from the hawkers as the state authorities lifted travel restrictions eased the lockdown norms that were imposed earlier to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Bangalore. (AFP)Premium
People buy fruits and vegetables from the hawkers as the state authorities lifted travel restrictions eased the lockdown norms that were imposed earlier to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Bangalore. (AFP)

  • CM BS Yediyurappa is likely to take a decision in this regard, after taking into account advice by Karnataka's Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee, and after consulting senior ministers and officials of his govt, before the end of this week

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Tuesday indicated that there will be further relaxation in Covid-induced lockdown restrictions in the state after 21 June, when the current coronavirus guidelines come to an end.

In response to a question about the next phase of unlocking in Karnataka, CM Yediyurappa said, "After analysing the situation today and tomorrow, we will look into- what is to be done, with the situation improving, and what all to be relaxed further- and we will do it."

CM Yediyurappa is likely to take a decision in this regard, after taking into account advice by the state's Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC- consisting of experts), and after consulting senior ministers and officials of his government, before the end of this week, according to a PTI report.

The government had last week issued a new set of Covid-19 guidelines that extended the lockdown measures in 11 districts, which have a high positivity rate, till 21 June, while some relaxations were announced in the rest of the state from 14 June.

It had also said that the daily coronavirus curfew will be imposed from 7 pm to 5 am and the weekend curfew will be imposed from 7 pm on Friday to 5 am on Monday, after 14 June.

Few districts under strict Covid-19 lockdown

The eleven districts where strict lockdown measures have continued are Chikmagalur, Shivamogga, Davangere, Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Bengaluru Rural, Mandya, Belagavi and Kodagu.

Among the relaxations announced by the government in the remaining 19 districts of the state include the opening of parks and industrial units with riders, extending the duration of shops selling essential goods, permission for autos and taxis to ply with a maximum of two passengers, among others.

The relaxation in lockdown measures is in place from 6 am on 14 June to 6 am on 21 June. The Karnataka government had initially announced 14 days 'close-down' from 27 April, but subsequently imposed a complete lockdown from 10 May to 24 May, as the coronavirus infections continued to surge.

Citing lockdown yielding results and experts' advice, it was further extended till 7 June and then again till 14 June.

Meanwhile, Karnataka on Monday logged 6,835 fresh cases and 120 deaths, taking the infection count to 27,71,969 and toll to 33,033, the health department said.

The state has 1,72,141 active cases whereas the total discharges stood at 25,66,774 with the recovery of 15,409 people today. The positivity rate for the day was 4.56% and the Case Fatality Rate was 1.75%, the department said.

Bengaluru Urban district recorded 1,470 new Covid-19 cases.

However, there were 12 fatalities in the city. The decline in fatalities is steep as the city had reported 276 deaths on 1 June.

The state capital has so far reported 11,98,158 positive cases and 15,319 deaths.

There were 85,044 active Covid-19 cases.

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