Karnataka govt to finalise lockdown exit strategy by April 13

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According to the report, the Karnataka government is currently engaged in discussions with experts, specialists and other stakeholders to decide on its lockdown exit strategy and would take a final view by April 13.

 

“Day after tomorrow, after discussing with the Prime Minister during the VC (videoconference), the government will take a view on this by April 13 or so. As of now, we have not taken any view on it. We are studying all the reports," Minister Sudhakar told PTI.

He said a task force of specialist doctors on Wednesday submitted its report to the government, giving its recommendations.

"We are meeting lot of stakeholders of the society taking their views, the Cabinet would also hold discussions”, he added.

The Minister observed that the COVID-19 cases were slowly spiking in India but not multiplying the way they have in some other countries like Italy, Spain and the United States as the government had declared 21-day national lockdown early and taken other strict measures. 

"We need to fight this out collectively and by strictly following the quarantine methods and social distancing," Sudhakar stressed.

On Wednesday, the Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa had said his government was in favour of lifting lock-down in districts which remained free from COVID-19 after April 14 subject to approval from the Centre.

"This is to allow people to go about their business and move about within the district and not from one district to another, after April 14, after taking the approval of the Prime Minister", CM had said.

According to State officials, as many as 12 districts continue to remain free from COVID-19. The task force has recommended continuation of lockdown at "hot spots" beyond April 14.

It has suggested that schools and colleges be shut till May 31, while non-air-conditioned shops can be opened.

Also, IT/BT companies, government offices providing essential services and factories can function with 50 per cent staff, the task force said in its recommendations for 15-day period after April 14.

According to the health ministry data, the total number of coronavirus patients in the country has surged to 5,734. Meanwhile, the number of deaths in the country due to COVID-19 has risen to 166.

The Central government has taken many stringent measures to prevent the further spread of the disease. 

Starting from March 24 midnight, India is under 21-day lockdown to curb the spread of novel coronavirus. Only the essential services like grocery shops, medical outlets remain functional during the lockdown.

Coronavirus, which originated in China's Wuhan city in December last year, has so far spread to more than 200 countries. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared coronavirus a pandemic. 

 

With inputs from PTI

Image credit: Times of India

 

 

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