Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on April 26 announced that a 'covid curfew' will be implemented in the entire state including Bengaluru. The curfew will come into force from April 27, night 9 pm, and will be in force for the next 14 days.
All essential shops will be functioning from 6am to 10 am, after which all shops will close.
"Only construction, manufacturing & agriculture sectors allowed. Public transport to remain shut", said Karnataka CM, as reported by ANI.
Karnataka is the latest region to enter a lockdown after similar curbs in many parts of India, which is battling a massive second wave of infections that has pressured its health system. Bengaluru, a city of 12 million, reported more than 20,000 new infections on Sunday, its highest single-day tally so far and second only to the capital, Delhi.
Separate guidelines for the lockdown will be issued by the government later in the day.
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