Karnataka govt extends COVID-19 lockdown till June 7

Karnataka govt extends COVID-19 lockdown till June 7 Graffiti sharing awareness about following COVID-19 protocols(PTI Photo)

Bengaluru: Amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis in the state, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday announced that the state-wide lockdown has been extended till June 7.

“We had a meeting with senior officials and ministers. We have taken a decision on lockdown. We had strict restrictions till May 24. As per the opinion of experts, we are extending the strict restrictions till June 7,” Yediyurappa officially announced.

Speaking on the topic of how people are roaming after 10 am is creating a lot of problems throughout the state, the Karnataka CM informed the same set of guidelines will continue to be in force.

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He also urged people to stop unnecessary movements during this time.

Expressing this thoughts over the Black Fungus infections in the state, Yediyurappa said that the state government has decided to give free treatment to Mucormycosis (aka Black Fungus) patients in the government district hospitals.

Due to the spike in COVID-19 cases, Karnataka had imposed a full lockdown from May 10.

Under this, essential stores are permitted to stay functional from 6 am to 10 am, and the movement of people has been restricted except for emergencies and vaccination purposes.

Karnataka’s COVID-19 tally

Karnataka on May 21 reported 32,218 new COVID-19 cases making it one of the worst affected states across the nation. 353 deaths were reported in the same period according to the state health department.

However, the state reported a massive 52,581 discharges over the past 24 hours. The total number of cases in the state since the start of the pandemic stands at 23,67,742 while total fatalities are at 24,207.

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18,29,276 people have been discharged so far across the state while the total active cases load is 5,14,238.

The state’s positivity rate is at a high of 24.22 per cent while the Case Fatality Ratio (CFR) is at 1.09 per cent.

Bengaluru Urban reported the highest number of deaths in the state with 129 followed by Bengaluru Rural (30), Ballari (23), Uttara Kannada (22), Shivamogga (20).

Bengaluru Urban was the most affected in the number of cases too with 9,591 followed by Mysuru (2,355), Hassan (2,071), Tumakuru (1,773), Ballari (1,650).

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