On Saturday, the State Government announced that Bengaluru Urban and Rural Districts would observe a complete lockdown from 8 pm on Tuesday (July 14) for a week until Wednesday (July 22). This announcement came even though the State had been previously refusing any intentions of a lockdown.
Likely that the lockdown would be extended
While the primary aim to announce the lockdown is to curb the outbreak of the virus, the other idea for the Government is to give itself time to ramp up the facilities to aid the treatment of COVID-19 patients in the state.
However, both look unlikely to happen in a week, and as State Revenue Minister R Ashoka hinted, there could be an extension of the lockdown. The Minister said: “As of now the lockdown in Bengaluru is only for a week. The situation will be assessed at the end of the week and a suitable decision will be taken after incorporating experts’ views.“
The lockdown could extend until the end of the month
As per the views of the experts, the lockdown is likely to be extended until the end of the month. Procuring of ambulances, beds, and ventilators is happening at a slow pace, and the process is expected to consume time.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has already pulled up the concerned officials and has ordered for speedy results. He has been involved in a number of meetings in the last few days, and it is probable that he could enforce a lockdown in other affected districts of the state.
Source: Bangalore Mirror