New Delhi: To contain the unprecedented spike of the virus in the state, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa announced a lockdown across the state from April 27 at 9 pm till May 9. On Tuesday, the government said that from 28th April till 12th May during COVID restrictions, BMTC will operate 150 essential ordinary services on 95 routes from 6am-7pm for State/Central Govt employees and essential service providers. For air travelers, 6 buses to be operated between Kempegowda Bus Station and airport.Also Read - Is India Heading Towards 4th Wave With Detection of BA.4, BA.5? Here's What Maharashtra Health Minister Predicts

Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa made the announcement on Monday and said that the state will be under lockdown for 14 days from Tuesday night to contain the spread of the virus. The CM also announced that the state government will vaccinate all adults between 18-45 years free of cost from May 1. Also Read - This Country Extends Work From Home Order As COVID Cases Continue to Rise, Strict Curbs Imposed | Key Points

Prior to Karnataka, Delhi and Jammu and Kashmir governments imposed a covid-induced lockdown. “Strict measures to control COVID will be taken. From tomorrow night till next 14 days there will be a close down for the whole state,” Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said. Also Read - This Country Bans Flight To India, 15 Other Nations Over Covid Resurgence. Full List Inside

Speaking to reporters after a three-hour-long cabinet meeting in Bengaluru, he said shops selling essential commodities will be allowed to remain open only from 6 am to 10 am. “The Agriculture sector, manufacturing sector except garments, construction sector and medical and essential sectors will continue to operate,” he said adding that Deputy Commissioners of all districts and Tahsildars have been instructed to take strict measures.

Yediyurappa said the cabinet took the decisions after consulting an expert committee. On COVID vaccination, he said it will be given free of cost at government hospitals for those aged between 18 and 45 years adding that the health department will release a new set of guidelines regarding the same. The CM also clarified that there is no shortage of medical oxygen supply in the state and said the Centre has increased the state’s daily quota from 300 metric tonnes to 800 metric tonnes.