The Karnataka Task Advisory Committee (TAC) on COVID-19 has asked the BS Yediyurappa-led government to impose a two-week lockdown to curb the spread.
Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa’s Cabinet is likely to take a call on this matter on Monday.
Looking at the alarming rise in coronavirus cases in the state, the Karnataka government wants to impose a complete lockdown on all weekdays, Chief Secretary P Ravi Kumar said.
Many experts are of opinion that 14 days lockdown in Karnataka will reduce the number of infections and will also break the chain of the virus.
Karnataka on Saturday crossed the 13 lakh infection mark since the outbreak of COVID with the highest single-day spike of 29,438 infections, while 208 deaths took the total fatalities to 14,283, the health department said.
Currently, the state has imposed night curfew and weekend curfews while ordering the closure of many shops and business establishments to contain the alarming rise in COVID cases. The weekend curfew will be in force across the state till May 4.
The TAC members have also predicted the third wave of COVID in October-November and have, accordingly, insisted that the government should complete the vaccination of vulnerable age groups before the next wave hits.
Bengaluru Urban district accounted for 17,342 infections, 149 deaths and 1,62,171 active cases. As many as 4,646 patients were discharged on Saturday. Tumakuru reported 1,559 infections and three fatalities,while 823 cases were recorded in Hassan, 791 in Kalaburagi, 731 in Ballari, 688 in Mandya, 684 in Bengaluru Rural, 536 in Mysuru, 517 in Dakshina Kannada, 506 in Chikkaballapura and 497 in Raichur.