Bengaluru reports spike in COVID-19 cases; CM orders lockdown

Till Sunday evening, the state capital has reported 1,272 cases of COVID-19, including 64 deaths and 411 discharges

Of the 4,280 fresh cases, Chennai accounted for 1,842 and the remainder was spread across the state including 350 in Madurai. Photo: PTI (File)

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday (June 22) directed officials to implement lockdown measures strictly till June 30 in the clusters which have reported more infections after the city reported an increase in COVID-19 cases.

Yediyurappa held a meeting with Ministers and senior officials regarding containing COVID-19 in Bengaluru and said it can be achieved only if preventive measures are implemented
strictly and asked the officials to work in this direction.

“Lockdown shall be implemented strictly in the clusters which reported more number of cases, especially, K.R.Market and surrounding areas such as Siddapura, VV Puram, Kalasipalya, etc. It was decided to seal the adjoining streets, where the cases are reported,” a release from the Chief Minister’s office said.

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Stringent action would be taken against those who violate quarantine norms and FIR would be filed if necessary, it said.

“COVID-19 should be contained without affecting the economic activities in Bengaluru, which resumed recently,” the release quoted the Chief Minister as saying.

Till Sunday evening, the state capital has reported 1,272 cases of COVID-19, including 64 deaths and 411 discharges.

On Sunday, as many as 196 fresh cases were recorded.

Speaking to reporters after the meeting, Revenue Minister R Ashoka said it has been noticed in some wards in Chikkapete and Chamarajapete area and market areas such as Kalasipalya and K R Market the infection was spreading.

“Officials will issue orders to implement lockdown in those areas,” he said.

“Currently Siddarapura, V V Puram, Kalasipalya, Vidyaranyapura and Dharmaraya Swamy temple wards have a large number of cases in the city… the corporation commissioner
will make an announcement on an alternative place for markets in these areas,” the Minister said.

Similar measures will be implemented in other districts like Kalaburagi, Ballari and Yadgir that have seen a spike in cases, he said, adding that these measures are being taken to
see to it that we don’t reach the stage of community transmission.

The CMO release said officers were directed to ensure hygiene and provide other basic amenities to the people who were quarantined in the social welfare departments hostels
and other government institutions.

Noting that booth-level officers and volunteers were working to trace contacts and monitor quarantined persons, Yediyurappa said the COVID war room shall have real-time
information on the availability of beds in various designated hospitals and facilitate treatment to the infected without loss of time.

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Ashoka said orders will be issued soon fixing rates for treatment of COVID patients at private hospitals.

Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai pointed to increasing COVID-19 cases among police personnel and said discussions will be held with the health department to give priority to
corona warriors in treatment and testing and setting up dedicated test centres for them.

(With inputs from agencies.)

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