Bengaluru | Jagran News Desk: Amid the alarming rise in coronavirus cases across the state, Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has urged the people to strictly follow COVID-19 norms otherwise his government will be forced to impose a lockdown.

Yediyurappa also held a high-level meeting with state officials and top health experts on Monday to discuss the COVID-19 situation in the state and whether a lockdown should be imposed to break the chain of the infection.

"People should follow Covid-19 guidelines strictly. They should wear mask, maintain social distancing and hygiene," the Karnataka Chief Minister had said on Sunday, as reported by news agency IANS.

"Though there is no proposal to reinforce lockdown or curfew in the state, people should abide by the guidelines to prevent positive cases from rising further," he added.

For the past few days, the state has been reporting over 900 coronavirus cases daily. So far, the deadly infection has affected over 9.60 lakh while more than 12,000 lives. As per the state health department, more than 9.39 lakh people have recovered from the infection, taking Karnataka's recovery rate to 97.83 per cent.

Bengaluru, which accounts for over 50 per cent of the state's caseload, had reported 628 fresh cases on Saturday, taking its Covid tally to 4,11,439, with 6,107 positive cases, while recoveries rose to 4,00,812 with 371 discharged during the day.

The virus, however, claimed only three lives in Bengaluru on Sunday, taking the city's death toll to 4,519 to date, since the pandemic broke in the state on March 8, 2020.

Amid the recent spike in cases, the Karnataka government is also planning to regulate the entry of people from Maharashtra, which has been registering over 15,000 new cases a day, into the state through inter-state borders, in trains and flights.

Besides banning late-night parties, the state health department has restricted large gatherings in public places, weddings, religious events and other functions to ensure social distancing and contain the pandemic.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma