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Coronavirus: No extension of lockdown in Bengaluru, clarifies BBMP commissioner

The Karnataka government had imposed a week-long lockdown from July 14 to July 22 to curb the spread of coronavirus

Coronavirus No extension of lockdown in Bengaluru, clarifies BBMP commissioner
Bengaluru, First Published Jul 19, 2020, 5:53 PM IST
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Bengaluru: There was no question of extending the ongoing week-long lockdown here set to end on July 22, newly appointed commissioner of the city civic body N Manjunath Prasad said on Sunday, amid speculations it may be continued for another fortnight in view of rising cases.

The government has imposed complete lockdown in Bengaluru urban and Bengaluru rural districts among a few others since 8 pm of July 14 till 5 am on July 22.

"The chief minister has made it clear that the lockdown will not be extended for any reason, after Tuesday there will not be any lockdown. We will follow the government's orders. There is no question of lockdown," Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) Commissioner N Manjunath Prasad told reporters.

His clarification comes as speculations were rife that the lockdown may be extended for 15 days, despite chief minister B S Yediyurappa's statement to the contrary.

Yediyurappa had on Friday (July 17) said lockdown was not the solution for controlling COVID-19 and made it clear that there was no proposal before the government to extend it. Prasad took over as the commissioner of the city civic body on Saturday (July 18) evening.

His predecessor BH Anil Kumar, along with city mayor M Goutham Kumar, however, had favoured extension of lockdown.

Ahead of the chief minister's statement, they had said that in their personal opinion lockdown for 15 days would be good, as that much time is required to break the chain.

As of July 18 evening, cumulatively 59,652 COVID-19 positive cases have been confirmed in the state, which includes 1,240 deaths and 21,775 discharges.

Bengaluru Urban district tops the list of positive cases, with a total of 29,621 infections.

Out of 4,537 fresh cases reported on Saturday in the state, the district alone accounted for 2,125.

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