Night Curfew to continue in Karnataka: CM Yediyurappa

 Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said that the night curfew imposed in 7 districts, including Bengaluru, reporting high number of virus cases will continue. Currently, these places are under a night curfew between 10 pm and 5 am.

Speaking to reporters after chairing an emergency meeting with Health Minister K Sudhakar and top officials for about one-and-half hours, he said the Covid-19 situation was going out of control in Bengaluru and few other places.

“After 20th April we will sit once again and discuss and come to a decision depending on the advice of the Prime Minister and what decisions other states will take. I have gathered all the information.. we have discussed this on priority and we will take all the necessary measures at the earliest,” he added.

He also added, “The scenario in our state is different. No need to compare our state with other states. We have our own issues which need to be addressed.” He said that as far as COVID-19 is concerned, appropriate action will be taken to curb the spread further in the state.

Moreover, state health minister said that the authorities will be releasing a fresh set of guidelines for gatherings -social, political, cultural. “We’ve already imposed night curfew. Today we will issue a new circular regarding gatherings -social, political, cultural- we’ll discourage all these. There should be no more than 100 people at weddings in closed spaces and not more than 200 in open spaces,” directed Sudhakar.

Earlier also he had clarified that the statewide lockdown will not be imposed in the state. However, he had imposed night curfew in 7 districts of the state to prevent the spread of coronavirus. The seven district of Karnataka are under a night curfew between 10 PM and 5 AM till April 20. Those districts include Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mangaluru, Kalaburagi, Bidar, Tumakuru, Udupi-Manipal. Notably, the curfew is limited to only these district centres and no rural areas come under these districts.

Karnataka on Thursday reported sharpest single day spike of 14,738 fresh coronavirus cases and 66 related fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 11.09 lakh and the toll to 13,112. The state had previously reported its biggest single day spike of 11,265 cases on Wednesday. The day also saw 3,591 patients getting discharged after recovery.