With the novel coronavirus cases rising in the city of Bengaluru after the start of Unlock 1.0, Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa headed a meeting on Monday morning and decided to lockdown affected areas.
The lockdown restrictions will be close to phase 1 and will be implemented strictly in those areas where fresh clusters have been formed. The areas identified, as of now, are KR Market, Siddapura, VV Puram, Vidyaranyapura, and Kalasipalya. The adjoining streets where the cases have been reported are also likely to be sealed down.
Both VV Puram and SK Garden have reported 18 cases of COVID-19 each while Sampangi Ramanagar and Siddapura have reported 11 and 13 cases respectively. Around the Dharmaraya Swamy Temple of Kalasipalya, there are 9 active cases.
As of now, these are the wards with the highest number of cases in the city. The Bengaluru Police Commissioner said that boundaries will be defined in these areas and strict and complete lockdown will be imposed. The Home Minister Basavaraj Bommai too said that these areas will be sealed totally and also maximum testing will be done here.
As per the sources in the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike, the Commissioner BH Anil Kumar is likely to issue notices to seal down more such areas in the coming days, if the cases continue to increase.
The Chief Minister emphasized that the cases can only be contained if preventive measures are taken. He also warned that strict actions will be taken against those who break the quarantine rules. He also stressed the need to maintain hygiene, especially among officers. He also suggested that other basic amenities should be provided to those in quarantine centers.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Chief Minister Dr. CN Ashwath Narayan, Chief Secretary to Government TM Vijayabhaskar, Revenue Minister R Ashoka, Home Minister Basavaraja Bommai, Additional Chief Secretary and Development Commissioner Vandita Sharma, Additional Chief Secretary to Government, Health Department, Jawaid Akhtar, and other senior officers.
428 Cases in Last 3 Days
In the last three days alone, Bengaluru has reported 428 COVID-19 cases. Out of the 196 cases reported in the city on Sunday, 102 patients have no contact or travel history. They are patients suffering from Influenza-Like Illness. The contacts of the 67 cases are yet to be traced. The remaining cases had a definite source of infection or even travel history.
Source: The News Minute