K’taka CM to people: Cooperate, if you don’t want lockdown

Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, expressing concern over a spike in new Covid-19 cases, said that the pandemic seemed to be going out of control in the state and asked people to cooperate by following the precautions if they don’t want lockdown again.

“I appeal to the people with folded hands for cooperation…. if people cooperate, I’m confident that without lockdown, we can control,” he said, announcing that he has summoned a meeting of experts and officials on Monday in the wake of the increasing Covid-19 cases.

His appeal comes in the backdrop of the lockdown being imposed in Maharashtra parts lately because of the sharp rise in new Covid-19 cases.

Earlier, in March last year, a nation-wide lockdown imposed was relaxed in phases under Unlock guidelines, and almost all activities were allowed in Karnataka.

In Karnataka, the daily Covid-19 cases crossed the 900 marks on Saturday, for the first time since January 22. It registered 921 cases, and 630 of them were from the Urban Bengaluru district.

Since last Monday, about 4,300 new cases have been reported in the state, whose accumulative COVID-19 tally stands at 9,59,338, including 9,38,890 discharges and 12,387 deaths.

Last month the active cases hovered around 4,000-5,000, have now touched 8,042 active cases.

“Since last one month COVID seems to be going out of control, day-by-day the number of cases are increasing. So I have called a meeting of experts tomorrow,” CM Yediyurappa told the reporters.

He also said the government had fixed a limit on the number of people allowed to attend gatherings like marriages, and action will be taken in case of violation.

“My appeal to people is that if you don’t want lockdown and want all activities to continue as it is going on now, people have to cooperate by wearing masks and maintaining distance,” the CM told.

Considering the increasing day-by-day cases in Maharashtra, all efforts were being made to control the spread from travelers coming from there, he said.

Answering the question of whether the government is going to impose night curfew or lockdown, CM Yediyurappa said that, “as of now there are no such plans if people cooperate and things come under control, we don’t want to impose lockdown, as it will hamper day-to-day activities.”

“We have suffered in the past (due to lockdown). I will not allow it, but people will have to cooperate.”

CM’s office said that he has called a meeting at Vidhana Soudha, with officials and health experts at 5 pm on Monday, the seat of state legislature and secretariat.

In a circular, Additional Chief Secretary, Health, Jawaid Akhtar, said that measures have been taken amid the emergence of new clusters and fear of a second wave of the pandemic.

According to new rules, 200 people will be allowed at marriages if it is a hall or a closed space and 500 if it is an open space.

Likewise, for birthday celebrations, the limit would be 100 and 50 respectively for functions in open and closed spaces.

Only 50 are allowed at funerals and burials.

For political and religious gatherings in open spaces, a maximum of 500 people will be allowed.

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