Karnataka CM Yediuyurappa calls emergency cabinet meet on coronavirus

South India

BENGALURU: Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediuyurappa on Wednesday called an emergency cabinet meeting to discuss the coronavirus outbreak in the state.


"I have called an emergency cabinet meeting this afternoon; Speaker of legislative assembly has also called a meeting. We will discuss and will take what more stringent measures that needs to be taken," he said.

"We need to take more stringent measures, when the US President has recommended avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people in his country. We will discuss in the cabinet and take all necessary measures." CM added.

The Chief Minister added that most probably the lock-down in the state would continue.
On March 13, the State government had leapt into action announcing lock-down of malls, cinema theatres, pubs and night clubs for a week.

Instructions were also given to stop all kinds of exhibitions, summer camps, conferences, fairs, marriages, sports and engagement events and birthday parties state-wide for a week from Saturday.

While, schools and colleges remained shut, IT professionals and other professionals working in air- conditioned places were advised to work from home.

Till Tuesday evening, 11 COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in Karnataka, including one death. A 76-year-old man from Kalaburagi, who had recently returned from Saudi Arabia, had died due to COVID19.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 130 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 


With inputs from ANI

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