Bengaluru | Jagran News Desk: The Karnataka government on Monday imposed a complete 14-day curfew in the state amid the massive spike in coronavirus cases. The decision was taken after a cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa to review the situation in the state.

Yediyurappa, while addressing the media, said that the situation in Karnataka worse than in Maharashtra and Delhi, adding that his government will vaccinate everyone in the age group of 18 to 45 years for free.

Noting that vaccination for those above the age of 45 will continue for free in Central Vaccination Centres (CVCs), Yediyurappa said that the curfew will begin from 9 pm on Tuesday and continue for the next 14 days.

"Essential services allowed between 6 to 10 am. After 10 am, shops will close. Only construction, manufacturing and agriculture sectors allowed. Public transport to remain shut," Yediyurappa was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

Karnataka had on Sunday reported its biggest-ever spike of 34,804 new COVID-19 cases and 143 fatalities that pushed the state's total caseload and death toll to 13.39 lakh and 14,426 respectively.

Following this, the Karnataka government decided to hold an all-party meet on Monday to review the situation in the state. Notably, Chief Minister Yediyurappa was not in a favour of lockdown. However, several state leaders, including former Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy and Congress' DK Shivakumar, had urged him to impose the restrictions to control the surge in case.

"A lockdown should be announced immediately as it has become inevitable now. Bengaluru and large towns like Kalaburagi, Mysuru, Tumakuru, Bidar and others need to go into lockdown now. We should also prohibit inter-state travel from neighbouring states. Most of our border districts have reported a surge because of this," Kumaraswamy had said during an all-party last week.

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma