Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Monday said the state government could force a lockdown if the necessity develops. The discussion of lockdown came following rumors that the Technical Advisory Committee has recommended lockdown for a brief period to contain the coronavirus.
According to the report published on Economic Times, CM Yediyurappa in Bidar, told “People need to respond for their good. If they don’t regard then we may have to take severe measures. If required and if the necessity arises, we will impose lockdown.”
Answering the questions to the reporters on the increasing coronavirus cases in the state, which marked the numbers up to 10,000 on Sunday, he said the Prime Minister had also spoken to him about the measures taken by his government.
“I told him that we have imposed a night curfew in the districts where the coronavirus cases are rising. He asserted that people should wear face masks, use hand sanitizers and maintain social distancing,” Yediyurappa said.
To another question, if the Technical Advisory Committee had suggested a lockdown, Yediyurappa repeated that people have to understand and cooperate.
Health minister’s brief
Meanwhile, in Bengaluru, Health Minister Dr. K Sudhakar told reporters that the government was not in favor of a lockdown and wanted people to cooperate with this situation.
“Neither I nor the Chief Minister is saying that we will do it (lockdown). All we are saying is don’t force us to push to that extreme. Our government is not at all willing to impose lockdown,” he clarified.
“If people cooperate the second wave of coronavirus can be defeated,” he concluded.