Complete lockdown in Karnataka over coronavirus outbreak till March 31, essential services to continue


Karnataka has added to the list of states which have announced complete lockdown in wake of the alarming rise in the number of confirmed cases of coronavirus. The move came as the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in India rose to 468 on Monday while the death toll mounted to nine.

In a late-night tweet, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said “after assessing the situation of covid-19, we have decided to a lockdown, not just 9 districts but the whole state of Karnataka starting tomorrow till March 31st. I request all citizens to co-operate and please stay indoors.”

In another tweet in Kannada, he said, the total lockdown was extended to the entire state “to control covid-19infection which is spreading at a dangerous level.”

With the lockdown due to coronavirus extended to 20 states and Union Territories, curfew was imposed in Punjab, Maharashtra, and Puducherry on Monday as state governments acted with a sense of urgency to strictly enforce the restrictions on the movement of people, deploying police on streets, sealing borders and booking violators.

The similar lockdown was imposed in many districts of six other states and UTs, but concerns mounted that people were not following the restrictions, prompting the Centre to ask the states to take strict legal action against those defying the curbs and increasing the risk of community transmission as the number of cases mounted to above 430.

Kerala, Haryana, Tamil Nadu, Manipur, Tripura, and Arunachal Pradesh ordered statewide lockdown on Monday till March 31, joining Delhi, Jharkhand, Rajasthan, Uttarakhand, and Nagaland. Similar curbs were announced in multiple districts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal, allowing only essential services, barring people from venturing out and restricting entry and exit of people at borders.
Several state governments have issued an advisory to private establishments not to terminate employees or reduce wages.

A day after the Janta curfew, when people voluntarily stayed indoors for 14 hours across the country, people were seen on roads, markets and heading to bus terminals.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi too lamented that the people were not following the restrictions seriously and urged the states to ensure that rules and regulations are followed.

After the suspension of all passenger trains and interstate bus services till March 31, the government announced that no domestic flight will be allowed to operate in the country from midnight Tuesday till the month-end.

Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh announced the imposition of curfew, with officials citing defying of restrictions by people in the state which has reported 21 cases. Curfew was also imposed in the Union Territory of Chandigarh, the joint capital of Punjab and Haryana.

Hours later Maharashtra Chief Minister Uddhav Thackeray said that curfew will be imposed from Monday midnight in the state as the fight against coronavirus has reached a turning point. The state has reported 97 cases.

“We will not tolerate crowd in public places at any cost. Except in case of an emergency, no one will be allowed to roam on the streets. If these guidelines are violated, people will face legal action,” Thackeray said.

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said his government will take strict action against violators. He said on the first day of the lockdown, it was observed that several people involved in providing essential services reached late to work and faced several hassles.

Other chief ministers too urged the people to strictly follow the restrictions, warning that action will be taken against the violators.


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