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COVID-19: Stricter measures likely to be enforced, Karnataka to take decision on lockdown soon

New Delhi: Karnataka Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai said on Thursday (May 20) that stricter lockdown measures could be implemented in the state to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Seizures of vehicles of those found moving unnecessarily during the lockdown are likely under the new rules.

“As cases increase in rural areas, Deputy Commissioners of various districts have strictly imposed lockdown measures; people should also understand the gravity of the situation and cooperate,” Bommai was quoted as saying by PTI.

“In the coming days, the measures taken by the police or the home department, such as seizures of vehicles of those engaging in unnecessary movement, among others, will be more effectively implemented,” he told reporters in Bengaluru.

The state Home Minister stated that on May 23, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa will announce whether or not the lockdown will be extended.

Karnataka declared a state of emergency until May 24 in response to the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

On May 19, Yediyurappa announced a Rs 1,250 crore relief package for those whose lives had been disrupted by the lockdown.

Meanwhile, the state Health Department reported 34,281 new cases and 468 fatalities in the last 24 hours. The number of infections in the state has risen to 23,06,655, while the number of deaths has risen to 23,306 in the same period.

(With PTI inputs)

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