Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa early today clarified that there will be no lockdown in the state, however, harsh measures are considered to be implemented to check the spread of Covid-19.
CM Yediyurappa briefs
Sources TOI. “Except lockdown, all other measures will be taken. Already we have imposed a night curfew in some cities. If needed we will extend it to some other districts as well.” He also denied lockdown on the weekends.
Adding that he said he would discuss with the opposition party leaders on the next plan of action on their recommendations. The meeting is supposed to take place on April 18, a day after the bypolls to Belagavi Lok Sabha constituency and Maski and Basavakalyan assembly sections.
Takes form Opposition party
Meantime, the opposition parties also believed that the lockdown was not a solution to increasing Covid-19 cases as it would only make lives more complicated.
“Lockdown is not a solution. First, it has to be identified how this disease spreads, and accordingly, treatment should be provided.
The government relaxed the norms when the number of coronavirus cases dropped, due to which they have gone up now,” Congress leader Siddaramaiah said.
He criticized the state government for reducing the tests when cases decreased considerably, leaving everyone to come in without checking them, and letting people meet at public events.
“If the government is prepared to impose lockdown, it should give Rs 10,000 to one crore family belonging to the economically weaker section,” the Leader of Opposition in the assembly told media.
Speaking on the same, JDS leader HD Kumaraswamy said the government should focus on the availability of primary drugs such as Remdesivir and beds in hospitals as it is being projected that by the month-end, cases may shoot up to 20,000 a day.