Bengaluru: Giving a major hint at unlocking the state further, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday said that he will make a decision on relaxing the lockdown restrictions in the state on Saturday when the state will review the COVID situation. Notably, the lockdown restrictions in the state come to an end on June 21.Also Read - 'Expecting Suggestions From High Command by Evening', Karnataka CM Yediyurappa on Possible Exit | Key Points

Saying that the COVID situation I the state is improving, the chief minister cautioned that there is also a possibility of a third wave in the future, but despite that, the state will have to give some relaxations. He said the ministers along with him will discuss it at a meeting on Saturday evening, and take a decision. Also Read - DDA Housing Scheme: Last Date For Interest-free Payment of Flats Extended. Details Here

As per updates, the state government might announce relaxations in 11 districts where lockdown measures are still in place while further relaxations in terms of movement of people and opening of businesses may be announced in the remaining 19 districts from June 21. Also Read - Delhi Unlock: Spa Centres Welcome Kejriwal Govt’s Decision to Open Their Business, Say Will Follow Guidelines

While announcing the fresh guidelines last week, the state government had extended the lockdown in 11 districts, which have a high positivity rate, till June 21, where citizens were allowed to buy essentials between 6 AM and 10 AM.

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  • The relaxation in lockdown measures is in place from 6 am on June 14 to 6 am on June 21.
  • The Karnataka government had initially announced 14 days ‘close-down’ from April 27, but subsequently imposed a complete lockdown from May 10 to May 24, as the COVID cases continued to spike.
  • Karnataka has recorded 5,983 new cases of COVID-19 and 138 fatalities, taking the total number of infections to 27.90 lakh and the toll to 33,434 on Thursday.
  • Out of 5,983 new cases reported on Thursday, 1,209 were from Bengaluru Urban, as the city saw 1,510 discharges and 17 deaths.
  • Among the districts where the new cases were reported, Bengaluru Urban accounted for 1,209, Dakshina Kannada 679, Mysuru 596, Hassan 424, Mandya 309, followed by others.
  • Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 12,01,963, followed by Mysuru 1,60,393 and Tumakuru 1,13,206.
  • Earlier, the Karnataka Chief Minister had indicated that there will be further relaxation in lockdown restrictions in the state after June 21.
  • The relaxations announced by Karnataka government in remaining 19 districts of the state include the opening of parks and industrial units with riders, extending the duration of shops selling essential goods, permission for autos and taxis to ply with maximum two passengers, among others.
  • Former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy earlier in the day said the state government should immediately call for an Assembly session to discuss the post-lockdown situation in the state.
  • Kumaraswamy said it will pave the way to discuss various issues in the Assembly and as a responsible leader, he will also give suggestions to the government to help the people.

The state government had also announced relaxations in the remaining 19 districts from June 14, allowing essential shops to be open from 6 AM to 2 PM, and the movement of people till 7 PM.

Taking preventive measures, the Karnataka government had imposed COVID curfew (daily) from 7 PM to 5 AM and weekend curfew from 7 PM on Friday to 5 AM on Monday.

The 11 districts where strict lockdown measures are in place include Chikmagalur, Shivamogga, Davangere, Mysuru, Chamarajanagar, Hassan, Dakshina Kannada, Bengaluru Rural, Mandya, Belagavi and Kodagu.