Karnataka CM announces lockdown in Bengaluru from July 14 night to July 22nd

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Saturday announced a complete lockdown in Bengaluru Urban and Bengaluru Rural districts from 8 pm on July 14 to 5 am on July 22. Essential services will be open and available in this period, a release by the Chief Minister's Office confirmed.

"Hospitals, groceries, fruit, vegetable and grocery shops will remain open and the medical and post-graduate exams scheduled will be held," the release stated.

Revenue Minister R Ashoka said that discussions were held with the Chief Minister over imposing a fresh lockdown in the city.

Bengaluru reported 1,447 COVID-19 cases on Friday taking the total number of cases reported in the city to 11,687. On Saturday, the number increased marginally and 1533 more COVID-19 patients were recorded in the city.

The city has reported a spike in COVID-19 cases since the start of the month. What has been of concern for officials is not just the increase in number of cases but also the pending number of test results.

CM statement- In view of sudden surge of COVID 19 cases in Bengaluru and on the advice of the experts, it is decided to impose lockdown for a period of one week in Bengaluru Urban and Rural Districts starting from 8 pm on Tuesday, 14th of July. Detailed guidelines will be issued on Monday in this regard.
 
During lockdown period, supply of essential commodities like groceries, vegetables, fruits, milk, medicines will continue uninterrupted. MBBS, post graduate examinations will be conducted as scheduled.
 
I appreciate the tireless efforts of our healthcare and police personnel, ASHA workers, volunteers and media persons in containing COVID 19 pandemic in the state.
 
I appeal people to cooperate with the Government, wear masks, maintain social distance, follow all guidelines, take all precautionary steps and help us contain the pandemic.

As per the latest bulletin released by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on July 9, there were 3,181 containment zones in the city.

Bengaluru has been reporting more than 1,000 COVID-19 cases every day, in the past few days.

Most of the cases in the bulletin have been cited as ‘contact under tracing’, which means that the source of the infection is not known. The government is yet to acknowledge that there is community transmission of the virus in the city.

Businesses in the city have been facing a hard time with establishment costs of paying staff salaries, rent, and other overheads, and yet not getting much business, as compared to pre-lockdown times. Many workers have also migrated back to their hometowns as they have lost their jobs in the city.

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