Karnataka cabinet favours extension of complete lockdown till April 30

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The Karnataka government has recommended extension of the 21-day Covid-19 lockdown till April 30.

The state cabinet that met on Thursday took decision after rejecting the recommendation made by an expert committee recommending a graded lifting of the lockdown. Talking to reporters after the cabinet meeting, chief minister B S Yediyurappa said that the government will take a final decision in consultation with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The prime minister has been holding consultations with stakeholders on the course of action after the expiry of the lockdown on April 14. He is set to hold a teleconference with CMs on Saturday to seek their opinion on continuation of the lockdown.

The Karnataka has also decided to cut the salaries of ministers, MLAs, MLCs, speaker, deputy speaker and the chief whip by 30% for one year with effect from April 1.  The total salary cut will add up to Rs.15 crore.

A Times of India report said that the experts’ panel appointed by the government to devise an exit strategy had suggested continuation of lockdown in Covid-19 hotspots and restrictions in the rest of the state. The report submitted to the CM on Wednesday suggested closure of schools and colleges till May 31 and restrictions on mass gatherings.

Meanwhile, ten new positive Covid-19 cases were reported in the state on Friday morning, taking the total number of cases in the state to 207. Among the new cases reported, five are from Mysuru, two from Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) limits, two from Bengaluru rural limits and one from Kalaburagi.

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