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Karnataka extends lockdown till midnight of May 19

Our Bureau Bengaluru | Updated on May 17, 2020

Karnataka Chief Secretary T M Vijay Bhaskar

Karnataka government has extended lockdown till midnight May 19, while the Central Government has announced an extension of the nationwide lockdown till May 31.

This was stated in an order issued by the State's Chief Secretary TM Vijay Bhaskar on Sunday. The lockdown measures will have to be implemented for the extended period in the State to contain the spread of Covid-1.

The letter was addressed to all government departments, Deputy Commissioners & Superintendents ofPpolice in the districts, BBMP and Bengaluru Police Commissioner. The authorities have been asked to ensure that all lockdown regulations are imposed strictly.

Congress

Meanwhile, Opposition leader and Congress Legislative Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah has called an emergency meeting of the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) on May 19 to discuss the fallout of Covid pandemic and subsequent lock-down which is affecting the people.

MHA guidelines

Of the many instructions, the guidelines issued by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) include the following:

1. The States have been given powers to delineation of Red, Green and Orange zones.

2. Sates will decide on inter-state movement of passengers vehicles and buses with mutual consent of States involved. Intra-state movement of passengers vehicles and buses will be decided by the States.

3. Only essential activities shall be allowed in the containment zones and there shall be intensive contact tracing, house-to-house surveillances and other clinical interventions.

4. The movement of individuals shall remain strictly prohibited between 7 pm to 7 am except for essential activities. Local authorities shall issue orders in this regard.

5. Metro rail services, schools, colleges, educational training coaching institutions etc will remain closed. Online / distance learning shall continue to be permitted and shall be encouraged.

Published on May 17, 2020

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