Bengaluru: A day after reporting the biggest single-day rise of over 34,000 new Covid-19 cases, the Karnataka government has on Monday announced a two-week long curfew in effect from tomorrow. Essential services will be allowed between 6 am and 10 am and shops will close after that. There will be no public transport during the curfew, the Chief Minister said in his lockdown announcement.
“COVID curfew will be implemented in the state from tomorrow 9 pm for the next 14 days,” Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said, using the phrase “Close Down”.
Only construction, manufacturing and agriculture sectors are allowed to work. Travel within the state and to other states will also not be allowed, except for emergencies.
“People will have to cooperate. If they do, we can achieve our target,” Mr Yediyurappa said.
The state CM also said that government hospitals would provide free vaccinations for those between 18 and 44 years; the Centre has announced that those over 45 will be given shots free of cost.
It is to be mentioned, that Karnataka yesterday reported 34,804 new COVID-19 cases, which takes its total cases to 13.39 lakh. A total of 143 deaths were reported, taking the tally to 14,426. Karnataka’s previous single-day record was 29,438 cases on Saturday.
While, its IT hub Bengaluru, a city of 12 million, reported more than 20,000 new infections on Sunday, its highest 24-hour rise, second only to Delhi.
As per reports based on Health Ministry data, the state has a positivity rate of nearly 20 per cent, which means one in five samples are testing positive for the virus that is wreaking havoc across the country.