Ashok said, “Given the number of deaths and the number of new cases and with the goal of bringing down the chart of infection, relief in lockdown cannot be given in one go.”
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. Talking to reporters here, he said that the relief will be given in a phased manner in the lockdown 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 the issue in a day or two with ministers, officials and experts.
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 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 people increased to 27,17,289 and the number of dead increased to 32,009.