Amid the unabated rise in coronavirus cases and deaths, the Karnataka government is expected to take a call on imposing a fresh lockdown in the state soon to contain the spread of the virus.
State Home Minister Basvaraj Bommai said that Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa will discuss with experts and take a call shortly on whether a city or statewide lockdown should again be imposed to contain the spread of the disease.
Yediyurappa is scheduled to hold a meeting with all Bengaluru MLAs on Thursday to discuss on imposing a fresh lockdown in the capital city.
“COVID cases are increasing in Bengaluru. In its wake we’ve sealed some areas in Bengaluru. Today we’ve called a ministers and officials meeting where further handling of situation will be discussed. In Bengaluru we’ve arranged all facilities to treat COVID patients,” said Yediyurappa ahead of today’s meeting.
“But we are also thinking about the number of cases which is increasing in Bengaluru. I urge people to maintain social distancing and sanitisation if Bengalurians don’t want one more seal down,” he added.
Health Minister B Sriramulu said that any decision on imposing a lockdown in Bengaluru will be taken by Yediyurappa only after consulting experts.
“We have an expert committee, and if the cases continue to increase we will discuss with them, with the Chief Minister and take a decision. Also the Central government will be consulted,” he told reporters here.
With Karnataka crossing 10,000 cases mark on Wednesday and the state capital topping the districts in the infection count, the government might consider imposing stricter restrictions in certain clusters which have
reported more number of coronavirus infections.
City’s busiest K R Market and Kalasipalya Market have already been sealed for 15 days by the civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) as part of measures to check the spread of the deadly virus.
Tourism Minister C T Ravi said the government had been taking decisions on lockdown based on the experts’ report and also taking opposition into confidence. “This time too any decision will be taken based on the
expert’s report,” he added.
Several relaxations were allowed in the state from June 1, in line with Unlock 1.0 announced by the Centre, which included the opening of shopping malls and religious places.