Karnataka Lockdown extended by one more week

Karnataka Lockdown update: The Karnataka government has extended the statewide lockdown by one more week till June 14th, 6AM. ‘Karnataka is yet to gain control over Covid infection, hence the decision is taken in the interest of the public’ said CM BS Yediyurappa.

The State’s Covid-19 Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) on Monday had recommended that Karnataka should continue the lockdown in a stricter form, to contain the spread of Covid infections. The committee drafted recommendations to place Lives before Livelihoods.

CM BSY hosted a press conference with DCM and other officials to announce the extension of the Karnataka Lockdown. The state is currently under Lockdown till June 7, and there were speculations about extending it to few more days. As expected, Karnataka will continue to be in strict Lockdown until June 14th, 6 AM.

CM BSY has also announced ₹500 Crores Covid Relief package. Earlier, he had announced a similar package worth ₹1250 crores on May 19th. The compensation to be received by various beneficiaries is as follows:

  • Workers in Cinema and TV industry – ₹3000 each
  • Weavers and Powerloom workers – ₹3000 each
  • Teachers (Unaided) – ₹5000 each
  • Fishermen – ₹3000 each
  • Asha workers – ₹3000 each
  • Anganwadi workers – ₹2000 each
  • Temple Priests – ₹3000 each
  • Imam of Masjids – ₹3000 each

Karnataka is experiencing a dip in new cases for a week. But the positivity rate is still high at around 12%. There are nearly 3 Lakh active Covid-19 cases in Karnataka as of now. Case Fertility Rate(CFR) is relatively high at 3.24%. Continuing Lockdown is necessary to bring to positivity rate less than 5%.

CM BS Yediyurappa also said that the state will allow all export-oriented businesses to operate from Thursday i.e from June 3rd. The CM is likely to announce another Covid-19 Relief Package probably in 2 days.

The Centre has already announced the Cancellation of the CBSE class 12 exams. Karnataka will soon decide on both SSLC and 2nd PU exams. As of now, both exams have been postponed. SSLC exam was scheduled to start from June 21 and 2nd PU from May 24.

“A decision will be taken after assessing the situation in Karnataka. Opinion gathered on the preparedness of Students, Requirement of Evaluation and other aspects will be considered,” said Minister for Primary and Secondary Education, S Suresh Kumar.

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