Karnataka announces 14-day ‘close down’ to curb Covid-19 spread; CM asks people to follow protocol
The Karnataka government has announced a two-week ‘close down’ in the state from Tuesday evening. The decision comes a day after Karnataka reported its highest single-day case of 34,804 new Covid-19 cases.
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa informed the public that to curb the Covid-19 spread, the state will begin its two-week ‘close down’ from 9 pm on Tuesday. “Essential services will be allowed between 6 am and 10 am and shops will close after that. There will be no public transport during the curfew,” Yediyurappa said.
He added that only the construction, manufacturing and agriculture sectors are allowed to work. Except for emergencies, travel within Karnataka and other states is also not allowed. The Chief Minister said that people should cooperate. “If they do, we can achieve our target,” Yediyurappa added.
With many states declaring free Covid-19 vaccinations, Yediyurappa said the Karnataka government hospitals would also provide free vaccinations to those between 18 and 44 years.
Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has extended the lockdown in the national capital to one more week as Covid-19 cases soar. “We had imposed a 6-day lockdown in Delhi. Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc. Public opinion is also that lockdown should extend. The lockdown will continue till next Monday,” he said.
Kejriwal also said that the Delhi government has started a portal where oxygen manufacturers, suppliers and hospitals will upload necessary information every two hours for better management of oxygen supply. He added that the central and state teams are working together to deal with the oxygen crisis.
Delhi imposed fresh restrictions to curb Covid-19 spread. Malls, gymnasiums and auditoriums to remain closed till 30 April. Only 50 persons are allowed to attend marriages and 20 persons are allowed at the funeral.