Bengaluru to go under complete lockdown from July 14 to July 22, as per a new order of the Karnataka government. However, essential services and exams will be allowed to continue. By Tanvi Jain
In an attempt to curb the rising cases of Coronavirus, many states and cities across India are once again imposing complete lockdown for a few days. Joining the list is Bengaluru, where the Karnataka Government has decided to impose strict lockdown, from 08:00 pm of July 14 to 05:00 am of July 22.
“In view of the sudden surge of COVID-19 cases in Bengaluru and on the advice of the experts, it is decided to impose lockdown for a period of one week in Bengaluru Urban and Rural Districts starting from 8 PM on Tuesday, 14th of July 2020 to 5 AM 22 July 2020,” Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa tweeted.
“Detailed guidelines will be issued on Monday in this regard. During the lockdown period, the supply of essential commodities like groceries, vegetables, fruits, milk, medicines will continue uninterrupted. MBBS, post-graduate examinations will be conducted as scheduled,” he added.
“I appreciate the tireless efforts of our healthcare and police personnel, ASHA workers, volunteers and media persons in containing COVID-19 pandemic in the state. I appeal people to cooperate with the Government, wear masks, maintain social distance, follow all guidelines, take all precautionary steps and help us contain the pandemic,” he further said.
Earlier on July 4, the Karnataka government had imposed a 33-hour lockdown amid a major spike in the COVID-19 cases, allowing only essential shops to operate, and had also warned of strict action against those found loitering in the city, unnecessarily.
Karnataka has so far confirmed over 38,000 cases of Coronavirus (as on July 13, 2020).