Karnataka Lockdown: BS Yediyurappa said that as the cases are not yet under control in Karnataka, the state government will extend the lockdown with relaxations.
The state is currently under lockdown till June 7, and there were speculations about it being extended. “I will have a discussion with everyone to make a decision on measures that need to be taken regarding lockdown. Most importantly I have decided to give permission to those involved in exports. So export oriented business will be allowed from Thursday,” Yediyurappa said.
Earlier, the state’s COVID-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC- consisting of experts), in its report to the government, had mentioned that the positivity rate has to come below 5 percent and number of cases should be below 5,000, only then the restrictions can be relaxed.
The state government had initially announced 14 days “close down” from April 27, but subsequently imposed a complete lockdown from May 10 to 24, as the COVID cases continued to spike.
On May 31, Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka had said that the Karnataka government is contemplating unlocking state lockdown in a phased manner by easing restrictions provided COVID-19 infections in Bengaluru come down to less than 1,000 a day.