No lockdown relaxation in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu till May 3


Covid-19 lockdown restrictions will continue without any relaxations in Karnataka and Tamil Nadu till May 3, according to reports from Bengaluru and Chennai.

News18 reported that Karnataka Law and Parliamentary Affairs Minister JC Madhuswamy had stated that a decision to continue all lockdown measures currently in force in the state was taken by the state cabinet at its meeting on Monday.

However, the cabinet has left the window open by authorizing Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa and the Covid-19 Task Force to meet in three or four days to review and take further decision about any relaxation.

Pending the cabinet decision, Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar had on Sunday issued fresh orders directing continuation of the stringent lockdown measures issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs till the midnight of April 21.

The decision regarding continuation of lockdown measures was announced by Chief Minister Edapadi K Palaniswamy in Chennai on Monday. He said that the government had decided not to give any relaxations since the prevailing situation warrants that steps to prevent the spread of COVID-19 be intensified. 

However, exemptions already given to essential services will continue. The intensity of the infection will be reviewed at a later period and a decision will be taken in accordance with the advice of the expert committee.

Indian Express reported that the state government's clarification came amid expectations that some norms would be eased following the Centre's announcement that the restrictions can be relaxed from April 20 and certain factories, commercial establishments and other services could be allowed to function.

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