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CM rules out lockdown, night curfew in Karnataka

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After talks with PM, Yediyurappa says 3 Covid Care Centres will re-open in Bengaluru

BENGALURU:

Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has categorically ruled out any lockdown or night curfew in Karnataka. His statement follows a virtual meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and chief ministers of states on Wednesday to discuss the alarming rise in corona cases in some parts of the country, including Karnataka, and the preventive measures required.

Speaking at a news conference after the meeting with the PM, Yediyurappa clearly stated that there would be no sealdown, night curfew or lockdown in the state. But he also referred to the ‘3T’ suggestions – testing, tracing, treatment – of the Centre.

Yeddyurappa said the Centre had urged that social distancing be followed and existing Covid-19 guidelines be complied with. The Centre had also urged that the rising number of Covid-19 cases in three districts of Karnataka — Bengaluru Urban, Bidar and Kalaburagi — be brought under control.

Remarking that Covid-19 cases were on the rise in the last 10 days, the CM said testing had been ramped up in the affected districts. “We have decided to open 3 Covid Care Centres in Bengaluru,” he said.

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