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Karnataka, Kerala extend lockdown as cases surge

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Karnataka on Friday extended the statewide lockdown till June 7 as it registered a surge in cases. It first imposed a lockdown on May 10 which was to end on May 24. The lockdown comes as the state recorded 32,218 new COVID cases and 353 deaths. With this, the state has 23,67,742 COVID cases and 24,207 fatalities so far.

“We have decided on the lockdown after discussing them with our senior ministers, chief secretary, and other officials,” Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa said. A news agency quoting him said that the state decided to extend the stringent restriction from May 24 to June 7 based on recommendations by experts.

The lockdown will however allow for inter-state and intra-state movement of people and goods.

Kerala lockdown

Kerala, another state that has been consistently reporting a high number of cases also announced an extension of lockdown till May 30. Kerala’s lockdown was to end on May 23. The state reported 29,673 new cases and 142 deaths in the last 24 hours.

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Chief Minister Pinarayi Vijayan said, “triple lockdown” in Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, and Thrissur will be withdrawn as the positivity rate and caseload has come down.

However triple lockdown will continue in Malappuram. Lockdown in all other parts of Kerala including Thiruvananthapuram, Ernakulam, and Thrissur will continue till the end of the month. The state has also reported a surge in deaths with over 100 deaths being reported for three consecutive days.

It reported 112 deaths on Wednesday, 128 deaths on Thursday, and 142 deaths on Friday. Total COVID fatalities in the state stand at 6,994. It has an active caseload of 3,06, 346 while the test positivity rate is 22.22%.

Kerala had originally imposed a lockdown from May 8 to May 16 which was then extended to May 23.

 

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