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Karnataka to 'close down' for 14 days to combat Covid

Source: PTI
April 26, 2021 15:35 IST
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Aimed at controlling the Covid-19 spike, the Karnataka government on Monday announced a "close-down" across the state for 14 days from Tuesday night.

IMAGE: Mysuru's streets are deserted during the weekend curfew, April 24, 2021. Photograph: ANI Photo.

The state cabinet also decided to provide Covid-19 vaccinations free of cost at government hospitals for those between 18 and 45 years of age.


"Strict measures to control Covid will be taken. From tomorrow night till next 14 days there will be a close-down for the whole state," Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said.

Speaking to reporters after a three-hour long cabinet meeting in Bengaluru, he said shops selling essential commodities will be allowed to remain open only from 6 am to 10 am.

"The agriculture sector, manufacturing sector except garments, construction sector and medical and essential sectors will continue to operate," he said, adding that deputy commissioners of all districts and tahsildars have been instructed to take strict measures.

Yediyurappa said the cabinet took the decisions after consulting the expert committee.

On Covid vaccination, he said it will be given free of cost at government hospitals for those aged between 18 and 45 years. The health department will draw the guidelines required.

The CM clarified that there was no shortage of oxygen and said the Centre has increased the daily quota from 300 metric tonnes to 800 metric tonnes.

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