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Karnataka CM Yediyurappa rules out possibility of lockdown now, calls all-party meeting on April 18

He said the technical advisory committee has said that positive cases will increase in the state till May 2 hence people must abide by Covid appropriate behaviour.
 

Karnataka CM Yediyurappa rules out possibility of lockdown now, calls all-party meeting on April 18-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published Apr 13, 2021, 11:59 AM IST
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A day after warning of strict measures in view of the spiking Covid-19 cases, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has said that there is no question of imposing a lockdown right now, while urging the people to adhere to Covid appropriate behaviour.

He said the technical advisory committee has said that positive cases will increase in the state till May 2 hence people must abide by Covid appropriate behaviour.

"Have called all-party meeting on 18 April regarding Covid situation here. No question of lockdown right now. Technical advisory committee has said that positive cases will increase here till 2 May, hence people must abide by Covid-appropriate behaviour," Yediyurappa was quoted as saying by ANI on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, the Karnataka government has imposed 'corona curfew' (night curfew) between 10 pm to 5 am in Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mangaluru, Kalaburagi, Bidar, Tumkuru, Udupi and Manipal till April 20 in view of the surge in coronavirus cases.

The Karnataka Chief Minister on Monday said if the number of positive cases does not come down soon, a night curfew will be imposed in other districts in the state where it has not yet been imposed.

He had earlier said that the state government could impose lockdown if the need arises.

In the meantime, State Health Minister Dr K Sudhakar said that state the government was not inclined for a lockdown and wanted people to cooperate.

“Neither me nor the Chief Minister is saying that we will do it (lockdown). All we are saying is don’t compel us to push to that extreme. Our government is not at all willing to impose lockdown,” he clarified.

Karnataka reported 9,579 new Covid-19 cases, 2,767 discharges, and 52 deaths on Monday. With this, the coronavirus tally reached 10,74,869 in the state. Currently, there are 75,985 active cases in the state.

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