he Karnataka government has announced Covid-lockdown in the state for two weeks to arrest covid-19 spread. The BS Yediyurappa government on Friday announced that the lockdown will begin at 6 am on May 10 and will remain in effect till 6 am on May 25. During this period, essential services allowed from 6 am to 10 am every day. Meanwhile, all other commercial activities will remain prohibited.
Besides essential services, shops selling groceries can remain open from 6 am to 6 pm, the government said. Road repair work and movement of cargo vehicles are among other services that the state has allowed to operate during the lockdown period.
Meanwhile, commercial units such as hotels, pubs and bars that are not directly involved in providing essential services will remain shut for two weeks, starting from Monday.
This comes as a record 49,058 new Covid cases, including 23,706 in Bengaluru were registered in a day across Karnataka while 328 patients succumbed to the virus, said the state health bulletin on Thursday.
“With 49,058 new cases on Wednesday, the state’s Covid tally shot up to 17,90,104, including 5,17,075 active cases, while recoveries rose to 12,55,797, with 18,943 patients discharged during the day,” said the bulletin.