Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa
Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa
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Bengaluru: On a day when Karnataka recorded the highest single-day jump in Covid-19 cases Wednesday, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa called for an all-party meeting to take stock of the surge in cases and means to contain the second wave of the coronavirus.

The government plans to invite former chief ministers Siddaramaiah and HD Kumaraswamy, Congress state unit president DK Shivakumar and leaders of other political parties.

On Wednesday, Karnataka recorded 11,265 new Covid cases – the highest this year – with Bengaluru contributing a whopping 8155. There were 38 Covid-related deaths, 23 of them from Bengaluru alone.

Meanwhile, the CM ruled out imposing another lockdown as the state's Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) of health experts was against such a move.

The TAC is against imposing a lockdown but favours increased restrictions, including curfew to curb the number of cases.

“We don’t want any economic activity stalled. There is no recommendation given even to shut down malls etc. As long as the norms of social distancing are followed and people wear masks, these activities can continue,” a member of the committee was quoted in the media.

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