BS Yediyurappa, Chief Minister of Karnataka, on July 21, made it clear that the state will no longer extend lockdowns and will only head towards economic revival. The decision came in after several rounds of meetings with officials and consultations with experts over the last few days.
As per the announcements by the Government of Karnataka, all the economic activities that were allowed prior to the imposition of the week-long lockdown on July 15 will become operational from July 22 again.
The CM in his address emphasised that people have to wear masks and maintain social distance at all times to control the spread of the Coronavirus. The police would take strict action against those found violating the preventive measures, he added.
In his address, clarifying the ‘no more lockdown’, CM Yediyurappa said, “I would like to clarify that there is no lockdown in Bengaluru and in Karnataka from tomorrow… People need to get back to work. The economy is also very vital. We have to fight COVID while maintaining a stable economy.” However, in the wake of the rising number of COVID cases owing to the movement of people from Tamil Nadu and Maharashtra, the CM said that restrictions will be placed on the movement of people.
He further talked about a 5T strategy – testing, tracing, tracking, treatment and technology. He said that the experts have suggested the 5T strategy and work on the same has been commenced already.