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Might impose complete lockdown in Karnataka, decision in next two days; hints CM Yediyurappa

Notably, Yediyurappa said the state government would decide on a complete lockdown in Karnataka in next two days.

Might impose complete lockdown in Karnataka, decision in next two days; hints CM Yediyurappa-dnm
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Bengaluru, First Published May 7, 2021, 4:43 PM IST
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Bengaluru: Amid surmounting pressure to impose full lockdown in Karnataka from various quarters, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday hinted that a complete shutdown in the state might have to be imposed as Covid-19 cases continue to surge.

Notably, Yediyurappa said the state government would decide on a complete lockdown in Karnataka in next two days.

“As people of the state are not following the COVID protocols. It might be inevitable to go in for a complete lockdown in Karnataka. We will decide in two days,” CM Yediyurappa was quoted as saying by India Today.

Yediyurappa held a meeting with the ministers and senior government officers regarding the measures required to contain coronavirus, which is rising at an alarming proportion.

The state has been witnessing close to 50,000 cases and fatalities above 300 a day. These infections have added more stress to the frontline doctors and paramedics. Hospitals too are facing shortage of beds, oxygen and important drugs with the growing demand.

Moreover, CM Yediyurappa also urged people not to bring Covid-19 patients to his residence or Vidhan Soudha for help. On Thursday, two such instances took place where patients came to CMs residence and Vidhan Soudha, seeking help to get beds.

On Thursday, Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar also said that the state is likely to adopt more stringent measures to check the spread of the Covid pandemic, and in all probability, it may opt for a complete lockdown after the current phase of partial lockdown ends on May 12.

On Thursday, the state reported 49,058 fresh Covid-19 infections which took the active caseload over 5-lakh mark while the toll stood at 17,212 with 328 deaths in a span of 24 hours.

Meanwhile, the Supreme Court today said it will not leave Karnataka citizens in lurch as it refused to interfere with the Karnataka High Court order asking the Centre to increase the daily oxygen allocation for the state from 965 MT to 1200 MT for treating Covid-19 patients.

NOTE: Asianet News humbly requests everyone to wear masks, sanitize, maintain social distancing and get vaccinated as soon as eligible. Together we can and will break the chain #ANCares #IndiaFightsCorona 

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