Bengaluru: Expressing concern over sudden spike in fresh COVID-19 cases, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa on Sunday said the pandemic seemed to be going out of control in the state and asked people to cooperate by adhering to the preventive measures if they don’t want another lockdown. “I appeal to the people with folded hands for cooperation…. if people cooperate I’m confident that without lockdown we can control,” he said.Also Read - Karnataka Government To Provide Free Bus Passes For SC And ST Children

His appeal comes in the backdrop of lockdown being clamped in parts of neighbouring Maharashtra recently in view of sharp rise in fresh cases there. Earlier, the nation-wide lockdown imposed in March last year was relaxed in phases under Unlock guidelines and the Karnataka has allowed almost all activities now. Also Read - Karnataka Imposes Restrictions, Issues New Covid Testing Guidelines For Arrivals From Foreign Countries

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For the first time since January 22, the daily COVID-19 cases in Karnataka crossed the 900-mark on Saturday. It reported 921 cases with 630 of them from Bengaluru Urban district alone. Since Monday last, over 4,300 new cases have been detected in the state, whose cumulative COVID-19 tally stood at 9,59,338 including 12,387 deaths and 9,38,890 discharges.

The active cases, which hovered around 4,000-5,000 last month, touched 8,042 active cases, reflecting the rise.

“Since last one month COVID seems to be going out of control, day-by-day the number of cases are increasing. So I have called a meeting of experts tomorrow,” Yediyurappa told reporters here.

Action will be taken

He also said the government has fixed a limit on the number of people allowed to attend gatherings like marriages, and action will be taken in accordance with law in case of any violation. “My appeal to people is that if you don’t want lockdown and want all activities to continue as it is going on now, people have to cooperate by wearing masks and maintaining distance,” the Chief Minister said.

Noting that cases were increasing day-by-day in Maharashtra, he said, all efforts were being made to control the spread from travelers coming to the state from there.

No plan as of now

Responding to a question whether the government is thinking about measures like lockdown or night curfew, Yediyurappa said, “As of now there are no such plans, if people cooperate and things come under control, we don’t want to impose lockdown, as it will hamper day-to-day activities. We have suffered in the past (due to lockdown). I will not allow it, but people will have to cooperate.”

The Chief Minister’s office said he has called a meeting of officials and health experts at 5 PM on Monday at Vidhana Soudha, the seat of state legislature and secretariat.

(With inputs from PTI)