Karnataka to wait and watch for one week, no decision yet on lockdown or night curfew: BS Yediyurappa | Bengaluru News – Times of India


BENGALURU: With a spike in the positivity rate of Covid-19 cases, chief minister BS Yediyurappa soon after a meeting with the technical advisory committee (TAC) on the pandemic said the state has made it compulsory for all those travelling from Maharashtra and Kerala to produce an RT-PCR negative certificate.
Further, the CM has given a veiled warning to the citizens that unless people themselves start taking precautions the government may consider further stringent action.
On specifically, whether the government is considering a night curfew or lockdown, Yediyurappa said there was no decision taken in this regard yet.
“We will wait and watch for another one week before taking further decisions,” he said.
Yediyurappa said the state will also secure the opinion of prime minister Narendra Modi who is scheduled to address the chief ministers on March 17 with regard to increasing Covid positivity rate in the country.
“We will try to understand as to what the PM is planning and then take our final decision,” he said.
On Monday, after the meeting, Yediyurappa announced that the government has taken stock of the districts like Bengaluru, Kalaburagi, Bidar, Udupi and Belagavi that has shown a spike in the positivity rates.
“In these districts we have made it compulsory to cap the congregation of people at 500 for any marriage, religious or political rallies,” said the CM.
He added that the government will bring back the stringent norms of wearing masks and maintaining social distance in public across the entire state and levying the fines at Rs 250 on violators.
“I urge the people of Karnataka that if they want to avoid another lockdown or a night curfew, it is in their hands to ensure that they maintain social distance and wear masks at all times in public,” he said.
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