Bengaluru: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa reveals on Monday that his government is still mulling over the extension of COVID-19 lockdown in the state amid the recent spike in coronavirus cases.
During his address at Monday’s press meet, the Karnataka CM said, “We are still discussing regarding extension of lockdown. Anyway, the imposed lockdown will remain imposed till 24th May. After two-three days, we will discuss and decide the extension of lockdown.”
According to the latest state health bulletin, Karnataka reported 38,603 new COVID-19 cases and 476 deaths over the last 24 hours. Furthermore, the state health minister also took cognisance of the black fungus cases being reported across the state.
Mucormycosis, popularly known as black fungus, is now slowly becoming a noticeable disease and hospitals should report it to the government, Karnataka Health and Medical Education Minister Dr K Sudhakar said on Monday, while adding that it is illegal to hide it.
“Black fungus is a post-covid complication. Those who have uncontrolled diabetes and use high dosage of steroids are vulnerable to this. Those who undergo organ transplantation and have immunocompromised conditions like HIV are also likely to contract this. Such category of people should be more cautious,” the Minister warned while addressing a press conference.
Meanwhile, the state is also bracing itself for the likely effects of Cyclone Tauktae.
The Karnataka Government on Sunday had reported that one person was killed and over 70 houses got severely damaged in Uttara Kannada district due to cyclone Tauktae.
“In 5 taluks of Uttara Kannada, 71 houses, 76 fishing boats and 271 electric poles were damaged. One person has died,” said Karnataka Minister Shivaram Hebbar.
The “extremely severe” Cyclone Tauktae caused devastating winds that reached speeds up to 190 kilometres per hour with rainstorm storms causing landfall in Gujarat, damaging structures, electricity lines, and uprooting trees.