Coronavirus: Karnataka Cabinet likely to decide on complete lockdown in Bengaluru
Sources suggested that the decision on another lockdown in Bengaluru was likely at the Cabinet meeting scheduled for Thursday
Bengaluru: With Karnataka’s capital Bengaluru witnessing a sudden rise in coronavirus (COVID-19) cases, speculations are rife that if the trend continues there might be another complete lockdown again. Hinting at the same, health minister B Sriramulu too said there might be a complete lockdown in Bengaluru soon.
Health minister visited Bangalore’s KC General Hospital and said, “As cases in Bengaluru continue to rise in the last few days and the trend continues, Bengaluru might be put under lockdown yet again.” He added that a final decision will be taken only after chief minister BS Yediyurappa and experts’ nod only.
However, he added that any such decision will come only after meeting with the chief minister, the COVID-19 task force, experts and other officials.
"We have an expert committee, and if the cases continue to increase, we will discuss with them, with the chief minister and take a decision. Also, the Central government will be consulted," he had said.
Meanwhile, the Karnataka Cabinet will meet at 11 am on Thursday (June 25) to decide on further lockdown in the city in view of surging COVID-19 cases.
According to sources, the chief minister is pushing for a containment strategy without affecting revenue flows. Medical education minister Dr K Sudhakar’s family members testing positive is said to have spooked some ministers and officials.
As part of Unlock-1 from June 1, Karnataka has further relaxed lockdown curbs and allowed various activities.
The number of COVID-19 cases in the state which stood at 3,408 as of June 1 has crossed the 10,000 mark on Wednesday (June 24) with the state capital topping the districts in the infection count.
City's busiest KR Market and Kalasipalya Market have been sealed for 15 days by the civic body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) as part of measures to check the spread of the deadly virus.