New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Awaiting new guidelines from the Home Ministry on lifting the extended lockdown, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has advised industry apex bodies to prepare for resuming work from May 4 except in coronavirus-hit containment zones across the state.

The state government has already allowed industrial activities in 14 districts which are green zones, being free from the virus over the last 28 days.

According to a Times of India report, the BJP-led state government is now planning to allow liquor shops, shopping malls and several other commercial activities to operate in the coming week.

It is also planning to restrict containment zones to a few specific streets instead of imposing a blanket ban on the entire wards.

The government had said on Thursday that fresh directives were likely to come from the Centre by May 4, following which a decision will be taken on more economic activities like opening of salons, liquor shops, malls and cinema halls among others.   

Earlier, the state government had on April 8 decided to conditionally allow economic activities to restart in green zones by opening of shops and industries.

Yediyurappa said as the COVID-19 cases may continue for another 2-3 months, both economic activities and efforts to control the pandemic have to go hand-in-hand.

A 67-year-old woman from Dakshina Kannada became the 22nd COVID-19 fatality, taking the death toll to 22 in Karnataka, where 30 new positive cases have been confirmed. With this the total number of infections has gone up to 565, health department officials said Thursday.

Thirteen patients, including seven from Mysuru and three from Bengaluru Urban, were discharged, taking total
discharges in the state to 229.

Posted By: Abhinav Gupta