Bengaluru: With Bengaluru witnessing a sudden spike in the number of fresh COVID-19 cases and fatalities in the past week, Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa has directed officials to implement “stringent lockdown measures” in several areas of the city.

“Stringent lockdown to be in place in areas like KR Market, Siddapura, VV Puram, Kalasipalya, and surrounding areas. Adjoining streets of positive cases’ residences also will be sealed,” Yediyurappa said after a meeting with top government officers in Bengaluru on Monday (June 22).

Stringent action would be taken against those who violate quarantine norms and FIR would be filed if necessary, he said.

Yediyurappa held a meeting with ministers and senior officials regarding containing COVID-19 in Bengaluru and said it can be achieved only if preventive measures are implemented strictly and asked the officials to work in this direction.

Till Sunday evening (June 21), the state capital has reported 1,272 cases of COVID-19, including 64 deaths and 411 discharges.

On Sunday, as many as 196 fresh cases were recorded. Officers were directed to ensure hygiene and provide other basic amenities to the people who were quarantined in social welfare department's hostels and other government institutions.

“COVID-19 should be contained without affecting the economic activities in Bengaluru, which resumed recently,” the chief minister said.

Noting that booth-level officers and volunteers were working to trace contacts and monitor quarantined persons, he said the COVID war room shall have real time information on availability of beds in various designated hospitals and facilitate treatment to the infected without loss of time.

A bulletin from the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP), the city civic body, said there were 298 active containment zones in the city. BBMP Commissioner BH Anil Kumar along with the Chamarajpet’s Congress MLA BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan visited a few slum areas in the city to take stock of the COVID-19 situation, officials said.