Amidst a massive surge in COVID-19 cases in Karnataka, the BS Yediyurappa government on Monday announced that a 14-day lockdown would be imposed across the state starting Tuesday at 9 pm.
Only essential services would be allowed to open from 6 to 10 am. Only construction, manufacturing & agriculture sectors will be allowed. Public transport will also remain shut during the lockdown period.
“There is a huge demand for hospital beds across the state. COVID is spreading at an unimaginable speed. We have given some suggestions to CM at the Cabinet meeting. It’s important to save lives of common people as well as vendors & small businesses,” Karnataka Minister MTB Nagaraj said.
The decision came after Karnataka registered its highest single-day spike of 34,804 new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, with 20,733 in Bengaluru alone. With the fresh rise in cases, the state’s COVID tally shot up to 13,39,201, including 2,62,162 active cases.
The death toll in the state from COVID-19 has risen to 14,426, with 143 fresh fatalities, while recoveries increased to 10,62,594.