Karnataka Health Minister K Sudhakar announced that the second wave of Covid-19 has begun in the state and urged the public to strictly follow covid protocol amidst the rising number of coronavirus cases in the last ten days. 1,798 Covid-19 cases were reported on Friday, taking the state's tally to 9.68 lakhs and 12,828 active cases. Bengaluru reported the most cases, with 1,186 fresh cases reported.
"As we are at the beginning of the second wave of coronavirus across the state, I appeal to the people to strictly follow Covid guidelines and remain safe," he told reporters.
"The state technical advisory committee of experts has told us (government) to control certain activities to prevent the pandemic from spreading further. I will discuss the panel's advice with Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa on Monday and the additional steps to be taken to control the situation," he informed.
Urging people to strictly adhere to the covid prevention guidelines, he said, "The panel has also warned that people will be in trouble if they continue to violate guidelines like wearing masks, maintaining physical distancing, washing hands and avoid going out unless essential to stay away from public places." Meanwhile, the government has issued advertisements to raise awareness of the importance of complying with the guidelines.