Bengaluru Lockdown: Amid pressure from several counters to announce a complete lockdown in Bengaluru as the number of cases is rising, Karnataka Chief Minister announced a complete 10-day lockdown in the city starting from July 14. Also Read - After Yediyurappa, His Daughter Too Tests Positive; 'CM Doing Well And is Clinically Stable', Says Hospital
Meanwhile, the Sunday lockdown in the city will go on till August 2, as announced earlier. Also Read - Bengaluru Lockdown: Iconic KR Market, Kalasipaiya Market to Remain Closed Till August 31
Spelling out the details of the lockdown, the CMO office has clarified that the lockdown will be there in both Bengaluru Urban and Rural Districts from 8 PM on July 14 to 5 AM on July 23. Only essential services will be exempted. However, the Chief Minister tweeted that the lockdown will be for seven days. Also Read - As Curve Starts to Bend in Delhi, Mumbai; These 2 Cities Emerge as India's New COVID-19 Hotspots
The decision came late in the day, while Karnataka deputy CM had hinted earlier in the day that consultations were on regarding placing Bengaluru under a complete lockdown or whether to extend Sunday lockdown to Saturdays also. While many in the Cabinet were in favour of a total lockdown like many other states, including West Bengal, Assam, Uttar Pradesh, have done, many were against a total lockdown at this stage of unlocking.
What will be allowed?
“Considering the suggestions from experts to curb the increasing number of COVID cases, the Government has decided to implement complete lockdown in Bengaluru Urban and Rural Districts for 7 days starting 8 PM on Tuesday, 14th July,” the CM tweeted.
Zone-wise case load in Bengaluru in the past 10 days till July 9
As of July 11 evening, cumulatively 36,216 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 613 deaths and 14,716 discharges, a government bulletin said. Bengaluru urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 16,862 infections.
At present, Bengaluru has 3,181 active containment zones. However, the lockdown will be not limited to the containment zones only.