Karnataka favours lockdown for 2 more weeks: CM Yediyurappa


Bengaluru, Apr 9 (IANS): The Karnataka Cabinet is in favour of extending the 21-day nationwide lockdown by two weeks to fight the coronavirus scare, Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa said on Thursday.

"All the ministers are in favour of continuing the lockdown for two more weeks to contain Covid-19 spread in the state, which has recorded 191 positive cases and 6 deaths till date," Yediyurappa told reporters after an emergent Cabinet meeting here.

Though a panel of eminent doctors on Wednesday recommended continuing the lockdown -- set to end on April 14 -- till April 30 only in hotspots like Bengaluru and Mysuru, the Cabinet did not want to take any chance by lifting the lockdown in districts not affected by the virus.

"The lockdown should continue for two more weeks to ensure that the number of coronavirus cases do not spike as was the case in some states and to prevent community spread," said Yediyurappa.

The panel, headed by eminent doctor Devi Shetty, and C.N. Manjunath, Nagaraj, Ravi and Sudarshan as members, was set up by the state in March to assess the pandemic and advise measures to contain its fallout across the southern state.

"The lockdown should not be lifted in the hotspots or relaxed in the districts with less or zero cases so as to contain the virus and control the situation, especially physical distancing," asserted the Chief Minister.

Of the 30 districts in Karnataka, 18 districts have reported corona cases, including two hotspots.

"A final decision on the lockdown will be taken on Sunday or Monday after our videoconference with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday and as per his advice for the welfare of all," added Yediyurappa.

Modi had advised the states to suggest if the nationwide lockdown should be extended beyond April 14 or eased with curbs in areas that were free from the infection so far.

Though the 21-day lockdown was clamped on March 24 midnight across the country, nine districts of Karnataka have been under shutdown since March 14 on the panel's advice to contain the virus fallout.

In a related development, the Cabinet decided to deduct 30 per cent from salaries and allowances of all legislators, amounting to Rs 15.3 crore, for fiscal 2020-21 through an ordinance, as the Assembly is not in session.

Governor Vajubhai Vala and Yediyurappa have already pledged their salaries for this year to the CM relief fund for spending on tackling coronavirus.

  

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  • PB, Namma Kudla

    Fri, Apr 10 2020

    In present situation extending lock-down is the only option left.
    Donno when everything will become normal like before.
    God save us all

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  • Dr Derek Lobo, Mangalore

    Fri, Apr 10 2020

    Let us please remember we have TWO Crisis situations (1) a Health crisis due to Covid-19 and (2) a Humanitarian crisis due to the Lockdown. All our attention and actions have been concentrated on the Health crisis with little concern for the Humanitarian crisis which has pushed thousands into depths of poverty and job losses. Nobody is monitoring the damage and deaths due to the Humanitarian crisis which might be far more than the Covid-19. There is serious disruption in Agriculture activities and Manufacturing sector (including manufacture of Essentials) which in turn is going to disrupt the Supply chains, Delivery systems and Accessibility. The Govt of Karnataka appointed a Committee with Dr Devi Shetty as its Chair. This committee has made practical recommendations about a Phased Relaxation of Lockdown as of 15th April, which I hope the Karnataka Govt will accept. Stay Safe...Stay Healthy....Dr Derek Lobo

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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Fri, Apr 10 2020

    Yes Dr. Devi Shettys reco was very holistic considering our population, poverty, ignorance, hygiene etc. after next 15 days of complete lockdown, more people will get to the verge of death by starvation, lack of essential med supplies, opportunistic infections like gastroenteritis, diarrhoea, dehydration etc.!!

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  • Priya, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 9 2020

    Lock down should not be extented in areas where there are zero cases or no cases since 28th March... As there is no logic behind it... Also inspite of extending for 21 days if flights are open for travel people from other countries with virus can enter.. So better to close all boundaries to mangalore and protect the economy of places where there are no cases... Otherwise whole globe will be let on to Tose...

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  • Savitha, Valencia, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 9 2020

    Extending lockdown without proper control of lockdown violates will not serve the purpose.Its not only poor people affected, but many students who have gone to other states for studies are stranded there. One time arrangement to join their home must be made

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  • Sylvia Lobo, Mangalore

    Thu, Apr 9 2020

    Lock down can be extended. But please permit people who are stranded in their workplace. Please allow them to reach their families. We are not at peace till my son reaches home.

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