Lockdown extension discussion still underway. No decision is taken yet

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said, discussions about extending the lockdown are on, but no decision has been taken yet on the extension.

“I’m discussing it, will let you know. No decision has been taken yet. Till May 24 there is already a lockdown, and after a couple of days, we will take a final call on how long to extend it,” Said B S Yediyurappa.

Several leaders, including ministers, have expressed themselves in favor of extending the lockdown.

Earlier Karnataka Revenue Minister R Ashoka had favored the extension of the total shutdown in the state, saying lockdown in Maharashtra and Delhi reduced Covid cases in the worst-affected states, positive cases will also decline in our state if the 14-day lockdown is extended beyond May 24.

As the cases continued to rise, the Karnataka government declared a 14-day “close down” from April 27 to May 10, followed by a full lockdown from May 10 to May 24.

Notably, Karnataka has been reporting nearly 40,000 coronavirus cases for past few days. Earlier on Monday, the state saw 38,603 new cases of COVID-19, and 476 fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 22,42,065 and the toll to 22,313. Bengaluru Urban alone accounted for 13,338 new cases. The district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 10,64,396, followed by Mysuru 1,14,107 and Tumakuru 83,394.

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