New Delhi: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday (June 10) expressed concerns about the COVID-19 situation in eight districts where the number of cases has not gone down as expected. Yediyurappa observed this in a video conferencing meeting with deputy commissioners of these eight districts.
The CM said that lockdown restrictions should be continued in Belagavi, Chikkamagaluru, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, Mysuru, Mandya, Shivamogga, and Tumakuru districts due to the high number of COVID-19 cases being reported.
Karnataka is just four days away from lifting the lockdown which was imposed on April 27 due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the second wave.
Yedirappa said that the decision to life restrictions in these eight districts will be taken after four days.
“The cases have come down due to the stringent measures adopted by the state government during lockdown but they are not decreasing in these eight districts as expected. The chief minister expressed his anxiety over the increase in cases in rural areas,” a statement issued by the Chief Minister’s Office said.
Out of the 2,15,525 active cases in the state, 65,000 come from these eight districts alone.
The Chief Minister instructed the officers to bring down the positivity rate to less than five per cent, the CMO said.
The Chief Minister instructed the officials to strictly ensure compliance with preventive measures to contain the pandemic.
He also directed them to abide by the guidelines in the micro containment zones, the statement said. Yediyurappa asked the deputy commissioners to intensify COVID-19 tests, especially in Belagavi, and give the RT-PCR reports within 24 hours of the test.
Karnataka on Wednesday reported 10,959 new cases of COVID-19 which took the total case tally to 27,28,248.
192 deaths were reported during the same period which took the total death tally to 32,291.