Amid a massive surge in COVID-19 cases in Karnataka, the BS Yediyurappa government on April 26 decided to impose a 14-day lockdown across the state starting April 27 evening. Karnataka Minister MTB Nagaraj also said that the coronavirus infections were spreading across the state at a rapid speed. While the Karnataka Chief Minister did not call the measure a lockdown while announcing the move before the media, strict curbs that have been announced are akin to lockdown restrictions. “COVID curfew to be implemented in the state from tomorrow 9 pm for the next 14 days. Essential services allowed between 6 and 10 am. After 10 am, shops will close. Only construction, manufacturing and agriculture sectors allowed to operate. Public transport to remain shut,” BS Yediyurappa told the media.