Bengaluru: Amid rising coronavirus cases, the BS Yediyurappa-led Karnataka government on Monday imposed 2-week lockdown in the state. The decision was taken in a state cabinet meeting. “COVID curfew to be implemented in the state from tomorrow 9 pm for the next 14 days. Essential services allowed b/w 6-10 am. After 10 am shops will close. Only construction, manufacturing & agriculture sectors allowed. Public transport to remain shut”, Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa told reporters after the meeting. Earlier last week, the state government had imposed night and weekend curfew. State Congress President DK Shivakumar had stated that it seemed that the government, which had planned to impose lockdown last week, changed it, after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address to the nation. “Our (Congress) opinion was that the government should go as per the committee’s (Technical Advisory Committee) recommendations. Notably, the TAC has asked the government to announce a 14-day lockdown in the state to curb the spread of COVID-19 infection.Also Read - Demand to Impose Complete Lockdown in Karnataka Grows Louder Amid Alarming Rise in Covid Cases. Read Details

Here are the latest updates: 

14:45 PM: Public transport to remain shut during lockdown period.

14: 34 PM: Only construction, manufacturing and agriculture sectors allowed.

14:33 PM: Essential services allowed b/w 6-10 am. After 10 am shops will close.

14:32 PM: COVID curfew to be implemented in the state from tomorrow 9 pm for the next 14 days.

14:13 PM: There is a huge demand for hospital beds across the state. COVID is spreading at an unimaginable speed. We have given some suggestions to CM at the Cabinet meeting. Its important to save lives of common people as well as vendors & small businesses, said Karnataka Minister MTB Nagaraj

13:35 PM: After chairing a senior officials’ meeting on April 24, Karnataka Chief Secretary P. Ravi Kumar had said that demand for another round of lockdown from the technical advisory committee on Covid affairs has been gaining ground across the state. “How long and how much the government can do alone? At some point or the other, the government also needs people’s support to implement its decisions. At least in times like this, the least the government can expect is people to wear their masks properly,” Kumar added.

13:27 PM: Bengaluru Urban district topped the list of positive cases, with a total of 6,53,656, followed by Mysuru 66,692 and Ballari 46,635. Among discharges too, Bengaluru Urban headed the list with 4,67,313, followed by Mysuru 60,499 and Ballari 40,443. A total of over 2,47,22,862 samples have been tested so far, out of which 1,76,614 were on Sunday alone.

13:19 PM: Apart from statewide lockdown, the cabinet meeting is expected to take call on free vaccination for those in 18-45 age group and financial relief packages.

13:16 PM: After Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa asserted that Karnataka needs 1,471 tonnes of medical oxygen daily and two lakh Remdevisir vials within 10 days, the Central government has increased the allocation by 55 and 60% respectively.

13:13 PM: Former PM HD Deve Gowda writes to PM Narendra Modi, offering suggestions in order to contain the spread of COVID-19. “If the government decides to give vaccines free to all citizens, that would be a great humanitarian gesture,” he writes.

11:47 AM: State cabinet meeting underway in Karnataka. After the meeting, CM BS Yediyurappa is expected to announce lockdown-like restrictions for the state.

11:30 AM: Speaking to reporters a day before the cabinet meeting, Karnataka Minister Jagadish Shettar had said,”We are not in favor of lockdown, but the situation is such that we have to impose restrictions to bring things under control…we have to break the chain, it is a matter of 10-12 days, let’s see… once the numbers (cases) come down, restrictions will also reduce.”

11:20 AM: With the fresh spike in cases,  the state’s Covid tally shot up to 13,39,201, including 2,62,162 active cases, while recoveries increased to 10,62,594. The positivity rate rose to 19.70 per cent and case fatality rate was 0.41 per cent across the state on Saturday.

11:00 AM: Karnataka Cabinet meeting begins.