Ashok said, “Keeping in view the number of deaths and new cases and with the aim of further reducing the Kovid infections, the lockdown will not be relaxed all at once.”
He said that he had an in-depth discussion with Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai, Health Minister K Sudhakar and the Chief Minister in this regard. He told reporters here that relief will be given in the lockdown in a phased manner and it is possible that it will be done in four to five phases.
Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa is likely to take a decision on this issue on June 11 or 12 after meeting with ministers, officials and experts. The State Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) has also recommended to start unlocking activities in the state in a phased manner.
Ashok is also the vice-chairman of the Karnataka State Disaster Management Authority. He said, “Around two thousand cases of infection are being reported daily in Bangalore. They have to be brought down to 500. When we start the process of unlocking, the increase in cases of infection will also have to be taken care of.
The Karnataka government had earlier announced a 14-day ‘close down’ on April 27 but imposed a complete lockdown from May 10 to May 24 following a rise in the number of COVID-19 cases. After this it was extended till June 7 and then its period was extended till June 14.
On Tuesday, 10,000 new cases of Kovid-19 were reported in Karnataka and 179 people died. With this, the total number of infected had increased to 27,17,289 and the number of dead had increased to 32,009.