Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday said that the country needs to learn to live with coronavirus as there are no options.
Yediyurappa was paying respects to Babu Jagjivan Ram on his death anniversary and answered the press. When asked about the COVID-19 situation, the Chief Minister said,
“We don’t have any other option, we have to learn to live with this virus. Even Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said the same thing. We have increased ambulances, we have made all arrangements to fight the pandemic. It is very important to safeguard ourselves.”
He also said that the state government has taken several measures to combat the deadly virus. Recently, the state government announced complete lockdowns on Sunday until the 2nd of August. Barring essential activities, the rest of the activities will be suspended on Sundays. On the first Sunday lockdown on the 5th of July, the city saw the minimum movement of people, the vehicles largely remained away from the road. With the rising cases in the city of Bengaluru, the lockdown is enforced from Saturday 8 pm to Monday at 5am every week.
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As of the 5th of July, the city has reported over 8,345 COVID-19 cases of which 7,250 are active. On Saturday alone, Bengaluru reported 1,172 cases. On Sunday, the city reported over 1,273 cases in the city. The city is inching closer to 10,000 cases. With the unexpected increase, the officials in the city have started to convert Indoor stadiums and ashrams into COVID-Care Centres.
In what is going to be the biggest COVID-Care Centre in the state of Karnataka, the center will be used to house mild symptomatic and asymptomatic patients in the city. The Bengaluru International Exhibition Centre is a huge venue that is situated on the outskirts of the city. The center was used earlier to shelter migrant laborers who were homeless after the first phase of the lockdown post the coronavirus outbreak in the city.
There have been several instances in the city of Bengaluru where patients had to succumb to the disease because they couldn’t find a bed or a hospital which could admit them. Following the incidents, the officials announced that BESCOM’s 1912 helpline can now be used to inform grievances about hospitals denying to admit patients.