10 new cases have been reported in Karnataka spiking the total to 191 COVID-19 positive cases which include six deaths and 28 discharges. Out of the 10 new cases, Bagalkot reported three cases, Bengaluru and Mysuru reporting two cases each. Belagavi, Mandya and Chikkaballapur regions have each reported one case. Medical Education Minister Sudhakar K “Finally, day after tomorrow, after discussing with the Prime Minister during the VC, the government will make a decision on a lockdown exit strategy. As of now, we have not decided anything. We are still studying the reports.” Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa, who chaired an emergency cabinet meeting said that his Cabinet colleagues have expressed that the lockdown should be extended by a fortnight considering the situation in the state. “On the 11th of April, PM will discuss with all chief ministers. What suggestions he is going to give, on that basis we will decide. Just today, Dr Devi Shetty and other experts have given a report and we have discussed in detail all their suggestions. We have also discussed relaxing norms at districts where COVID-19 cases are not reported. However, a final decision will be taken after PM reviewed the lockdown measures with chief ministers of all states on Friday,” he said
A committee of health experts in Karnataka has recommended lockdown continuation in “hotspots”. In its recommendations submitted to the CM on Wednesday, it said schools and colleges should remain shut till May 31, restrictions on public transport to continue for some more time and odd-even formula for private vehicles. Non-air conditioned shops would be allowed to function. IT companies, government offices and factories can be operated with 50 per cent staff, the committee said. Several other states like Odisha, Telangana, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab, Madhya Pradesh are in support of the extension of lockdown. An official confirmation from PM Modi is awaited.