Karnataka lockdown news: Cooperate if you don’t want another lockdown, says B S Yediyurappa to people | Bengaluru News – Times of India
He has convened a meeting of experts and officials on Monday to take stock of the Covid-19 surge. The CM’s appeal came as Karnataka reported 934 fresh infections on Sunday, a 65-day high. It had reported 970 cases on January 8. Bengaluru reported 628 cases in the past 24 hours and all three Covid-related deaths in the state came from the city.
BSY urges people to follow safety norms
Chief minister BS Yediyurappa will chair a meeting with officials and health experts on Monday to take stock of the surge in Covid-19 cases in the state.
“If people do not want another lockdown then they must cooperate by wearing masks and maintaining social distance,” Yediyurappa said. “I appeal to people to cooperate. If they do, I’m confident we can control an impending second wave without implementing a lockdown.”
His appeal comes in the wake of a sharp rise in fresh cases in the state, with numbers inching towards the 1,000-mark for the first time since January 22.
On whether the government is contemplating night curfew or a lockdown, Yediyurappa said, “As of now there are no such plans and if people cooperate, the pandemic can be brought under control. We don’t want to impose a lockdown as it will hamper day-to-day activities. We have suffered in the past [due to lockdown]. I will not allow it,” he said. On stricter measures for those arriving from neighbouring states especially Kerala and Maharashtra where cases are high, Yediyurappa said, it will be discussed at the meeting. “We will tighten things as much as possible,” he said.
Health minister K Sudhakar said: “Experts have advised us to effectively implement existing guidelines, especially those relating to large gatherings. While there are no specific recommendations from the health department, we will push for strict enforcement of the rules.”
Dr Giridhara Babu, a member of the technical advisory committee, said the panel has not recommended any fresh measures, but insisted: “Covidappropriate behaviour in most districts is not being adhered to seriously. Enforcing agencies have to be stricter.”