Yediyurappa directed the authorities to maintain the lockdown restrictions, referring to the poor performance in epidemic prevention in Belagavi, Chikmagalur, Dakshina Kannada, Hassan, Mysuru, Mandya, Shivamogga, and Tumakuru.
The restrictions, which came into force from the 27th of April, are to be relaxed after four days. In such a situation, the Chief Minister told the Deputy Commissioners that a decision regarding these districts would be taken soon.
The Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said in a statement, “During the lockdown, the stringent measures taken by the state government have brought down the number of cases but these eight districts are not reducing as expected. The Chief Minister expressed concern over the increase in cases in rural areas.
These eight districts have a total of 65,000 under-treatment patients in the state and the rate of reduction in cases is lowest among these districts. The CMO said that the Chief Minister has directed the officials to bring the infection rate below five percent.
The chief minister directed the officials to ensure strict compliance of preventive measures to contain the pandemic, the statement said. He also instructed them to follow the guidelines in micro-containment areas. Yediyurappa directed the Deputy Commissioners to increase the COVID-19 testing, especially in Belagavi.