Bengaluru | Jagran News Desk: Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Thursday night announced that a 'corona curfew' (night curfew) will be imposed in the state's eight cities -- Bengaluru, Mysuru, Mangaluru, Kalaburagi, Bidar, Tumkuru and Udupi-Manipal -- from April 10 to April 20 in wake of the alarming rise in COVID-19 cases across the country.

Addressing the media, Chief Minister Yediyurappa issued the guidelines for the 'corona curfew' in eight cities of the state and said that all essential services will be exempted. He also said that the night curfew will begin 10 pm and continue till 5 am.

This comes minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a high-level meet with chief ministers and representatives of all states and union territories (UTs) and said that the focus should be on micro-containment zones and night curfews to control the spread of the pandemic.

During the meeting, PM Modi also asked the states and UTs to focus on effective "tracing and tracking" of the infection. He said that all states should also observe a 'Tika Utsav' (vaccination festival) from April 11 to April 14 and people to encouraged to follow all necessary COVID-19 protocols.

Talking about Karnataka, the state has been reporting a spike in coronavirus cases since the beginning of February. On Thursday, the state reported more than 6,500 coronavirus cases and 36 fatalities, pushing Karnataka's caseload and death toll to 10.40 lakh and 12,767 respectively.

As per the data released by the Karnataka Health Department, the state has nearly 54,000 active coronavirus cases while more than 9.73 people have recovered from the deadly infection, taking the state's recovery rate to 93.63 per cent.

Due to the surge in cases, the state government last month had banned all kinds of gatherings and imposed curbs on cinema halls. It had also said that all gyms and swimming pools will stay closed in Karnataka till further others. However, the state government had dismissed the reports of imposing another lockdown in Karnataka amid the rise in coronavirus cases.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma