No recommendation for lockdown extension so far from TAC: CM

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Bengaluru, May 30 (PTI) Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa said here on Sunday that the Technical Advisory Committee on COVID-19 has not yet recommended extending the state-wide lockdown beyond June 7, though discussions were on.

A decision in this regard will be taken based on the prevailing situation on June 6, a day before the lockdown ends, he told reporters here after distributing ration kits to sanitation workers.

Asked whether the TAC has recommended extension of the lockdown, Yediyurappa said, 'It's not like that. Discussions are on. After June 5 and 6, we have to wait and watch how the cases come down.' The Chief Minister, however, admitted that the COVID-19 infections were still on the higher side.

'The cases are still higher than our expectations. We will hold a meeting with ministers and experts on June 5 or 6 to chart out the future course of action. However, we have not taken any decision yet,' Yediyurappa said.

Restrictions are in place in Karnataka since April 27, which was further made stringent from May 10 onwards for about one month till June 7 to contain the rapid spread of COVID-19.

The state, which has been reporting a decline in fresh cases since May 21, barring a single day on May 26, logged 20,628 infections, 492 fatalities and 3.5 lakh active cases on Saturday. PTI GMS APR ADMINISTRATOR APR ADMINISTRATOR

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