Covid-19 pandemic: Karnataka govt announces ‘lockdown’ from April 27 for 14 days

Essential shops to remain open for people only from 6 am to 10 am and free vaccination for people between 18-45 years at Govt Hospitals, says Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa

Prime News, Karnataka, Health, Disease, Bengaluru, April 26:- Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday (April 26) announced that the entire state including Bengaluru city will go for a full ‘lockdown’ for two weeks starting from April 27 night in a bid to contain the raging COVID-19 crisis.

The decision came following a Cabinet meeting that was held on Monday morning (April 26) as the state registered a record high of 34,000 COVID-19 cases on a single day on Sunday (April 25).

“We have come to a decision after speaking to all the ministers and experts,” Yediyurappa said at a press briefing after the cabinet meeting.

Stores selling essential items will remain open for people only from 6 am to 10 am, the Chief Minister confirmed.

“In Government Hospitals vaccination will be free for people between 18-45 years. For those above 45 years, the Union government will provide vaccination free,” the Chief Minister said. “From April 27 evening, stringent measures will be in place. Request vendors, shopkeepers to close right after so the police don’t have to compel them.”

Manufacturing sector, constructions, agricultural activities will be allowed but garment factories are prohibited.

There will be no shortage of oxygen henceforth. The Union government has agreed to increase supply from 300 MT to 800 MT, he added.

Public transportation will not function. Goods can be transported from one state to another.

The takeaway from hotels, restaurants, bars, pubs and liquor outlets has been allowed across the state.

The state especially the capital of Bengaluru is reeling under a crisis of ventilator and ICU beds with patients needing to wait for hours to get admitted in hospitals. As of Monday morning, Karnataka has more than 1.6 lakh active cases with an overwhelming majority in Bengaluru. In light of this, some members of the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) which held its 99th meeting on April 24 in Bengaluru had advised for a two-week-long down.

The state is already under night curfew and weekend lockdown under existing restrictions as the number of cases has been on the rise since the start of April.

Starting with April, Bengaluru has seen a massive surge in deaths with 1,170 COVID-19 fatalities recorded in the city. The number of related deaths for the month of March, February and January was 147,88 and 66 respectively.

The highest number of deaths earlier was recorded in July 2020 when 962 persons died in Bengaluru due to COVID-19. (MR, Inputs: Agencies)


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