Expressing concern over the alarming increase in COVID 19 cases in Bengaluru, Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has ordered ten days lockdown in five municipal wards comprising Siddapura, Vishveshpura, Kalasipalya, Vidyaranyapura and Dharmaraya swamy temple where COVID cases are more in number. He asked officials to seal the entire street where the cases are reported and directed them to file FIR against those who violate quarantine norms. He however told officials to provide basic amenities to those in institutional quarantine.
Revenue Minister R Ashok informed media persons that COVID war room will keep tab of vacant beds in Government and private hospitals. He informed that nodal officers will be appointed to arrange beds for COVID patients and to shift asymptomatic patients to COVID Care Centres. Fever clinics operating in some municipal wards will be extended to all the wards for screening and testing of suspected cases. AIR correspondent reports, the five municipal corporation wards coming under lockdown today are major market places where people gather in large numbers.
These are also the areas where corona positive cases are reported regularly since Unlock 1. In the meeting chaired by the Chief Minister it was also decided to fix rates for treatment of COVID patients in private hospitals. The city corporation has intensified drive against those not wearing masks. It has also increased vigil against those floating home quarantine norms. Out of 249 new Covid cases reported today evening in the state, 126 are from Bengaluru Urban district. As on today the district has reported 1398 positive cases and 67 deaths.