Karnataka Starts Phase-1 Unlock, Curbs to Continue in 11 Districts due to Covid

Karnataka Starts Phase-1 Unlock, Curbs to Continue in 11 Districts due to Covid A fruit vendor waiting for customers at a closed market during lockdown (PTI Photo)

New Delhi: Karnataka government announced major relaxation in the lockdown curbs from Monday (June 14) except for in 11 districts where the positivity rate is above five per cent.. According to the new regulations, cabs and autos will be allowed to ply till 7 pm.

The unlock in the state will be done in phases so as to avoid any spike in the number of cases.

Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa on Thursday said that if the situation continues to improve, further relaxations will be announced.

Restrictions on the opening of shops, buying of essential goods and travelling have been reduced with these activities being allowed till 2 pm as compared to 10 am earlier.

All industries have been allowed to operate with 50 per cent capacity in the state.

The garment industry will be allowed to function with 30 per cent capacity.

Shops selling construction materials like cement and steel are also allowed to open under the new guidelines.

Government offices will also operate with 50 per cent capacity.

All educational institutes, colleges, schools still remain closed.

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The CM has also said that people coming from different districts will be checked on the borders of the capital to avoid any surge in the number of cases.

The weekend curfew in the state will now be in force from 7 pm on June 18 to 5 am on June 21 while the night curfew will be in force on the remaining days between 7 pm to 5 am.

Karnataka on Sunday reported 7,810 new COVID-19 cases, 18,648 recoveries, and 125 deaths in the last 24 hours. There are 1,80,835 active cases in the state.

Bengaluru Urban remained the most affected district with  1,348 cases followed by Mysuru (1,251), Hasan (581), Mandya (467), and Dakshina Kannada (434).

In terms of death, Mysuru was the most affected district with 25 deaths followed by Bengaluru Urban (23).

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