Karnataka announces 33-hour long lockdown in Bengaluru as Covid cases mount

Karnataka announces 33-hour long lockdown in Bengaluru as Covid cases mount

The Karnataka government has decided to clamp a 33-hours-long hard lockdown in the capital city of Bengaluru and adjoining areas starting 8 pm on Saturday till 5 am on Monday to cut the chain of COVID 19 transmissions in the region, which has witnessed a spurt in cases in the last couple of weeks.

Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) commissioner Anil Kumar said the instruction for lockdown in BBMP limits was issued by chief minister BS Yediyurappa, according to news agency ANI.

Kumar said only essential services will be permitted to operate during the 33-hour long period and those found roaming around will be liable for police action.

“Sale of essential items will be allowed during the lockdown, including meat shops. Police action will be taken against people found roaming outside unnecessarily,” Anil Kumar was quoted as having said by ANI.

The decision for constituting booth-level committees consisting of one member each from the state health department, police force, local municipalities or Panchayat and volunteers, was taken on Friday.

In Bengaluru alone, 8,800 teams will be formed for the purpose of real-time monitoring and data compilation. They will be imparted training for the purpose. It was also decided to have at least two ambulances in each of the 198 wards of the capital city.

COVID patients above 50 years of age with comorbidities will be treated at the COVID care centers only under active medical supervision and be subjected to regular tests.

The state government has also been decided to increase the testing capacity from the existing 15,000 samples a day to 25,000 samples daily. The task force has also recommended antigen tests in crowded areas to check the presence of community spread.

A week ago, on June 27, Karnataka government had decided to implement a one-day statewide lockdown on Sundays beginning July 5 to break the chain of COVID 19 infections. The government had also decided to keep all government offices closed on all Saturdays with effect from July 10.

Another instruction had been issued to BBMP commissioner to set up more number of wholesale vegetable markets to avoid crowds in large wholesale vegetable markets in the city.

The total number of cases in Karnataka stands at 19,710. Out of them, 8,805 have recovered and 293 patients have lost their lives, according to the Union Health Ministry.