New Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday (May 21) said that he will hold a meeting to decide on the extension of the lockdown across the state. “We will sit and discuss tomorrow, tonight also I’m meeting Ministers, we will take a decision,” Yediyurappa said. The state is currently under lockdown will be in place till May 24.
State Health Minister K Sudhakar said, “several Ministers are of the same opinion, the Chief Minister is also of the same mindset, and a final decision will be taken by May 22 or 23.”
The lockdown began on April 27 for 14 days but was extended to battle the surge in COVID-19 cases.
JD)S) leader HD Kumaraswamy had earlier said that the decision to extend the lockdown should be taken while keeping people’s livelihood in mind.
Post this, the Karnataka government on May 19 announced a Rs 1250 crores economic package for the same.
“Our government had given financial packages to various sectors during the COVID first wave. Despite that, as the current restrictions have affected the livelihood of those with unorganised sector and farmers, to mitigate its impact we are announcing a relief programme of more than Rs 1,250 crore,” Yediyurappa said.
Karnataka on Thursday reported 28,869 new COVID-19 cases, which was outnumbered by recoveries with 52,257 discharges.
However, deaths in the sate are still on the rise with 548 fatalities reported during the same period.
While the total number of infections in the state so far stood at 23,35,524, the death toll was at 23,854.
With inputs from PTI