Bengaluru, July 17
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Friday mentioned a lockdown was not the answer for controlling COVID-19 and made it clear that there was no proposal earlier than the federal government to increase it in Bengaluru.
Bengaluru city and rural areas had been at present below “complete lockdown” from eight pm of July 14 and it is going to be efficient until 5 am on July 22.
With the spike in circumstances, speculations had been rife that the present lockdown is more likely to be prolonged for 15 days, as that a lot time is required to interrupt the chain.
“Lockdown is not the solution to control COVID. There is no proposal before the government to extend the lockdown,” Yediyurappa was quoted as saying by his workplace in a launch.
The Chief Minister immediately chaired a gathering with Ministers, who’ve been made in-charge of eight zones within the metropolis, and officers concerning the COVID-19 scenario in Bengaluru.
Earlier too, on July 13, the eve of the lockdown, Yediyurappa had mentioned the federal government didn’t plan to increase it in Bengaluru city and rural districts and had appealed to the folks to cooperate by not paying heed to rumours.
However, earlier immediately metropolis Mayor M Goutham Kumar and commissioner of the civic physique Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike BH Anil Kumar had favoured its extension.
They had mentioned that of their private opinion, a 15-day lockdown can be good, as that a lot time is required to interrupt the chain.
The Opposition Congress, too, had requested for at least 15 days lockdown after taking professional opinion.
“Respected Chief Minister, you have imposed lockdown in Bengaluru, but it is difficult to expect results from this lockdown, which has been imposed just for the sake of it. Take expert opinion and enforce strict lockdown in Bengaluru at least for 15 days. If not, even if God comes,it will be difficult to protect Bengaluru,” KPCC Working President Eshwar Khandre tweeted.
Speaking to reporters after attending the assembly chaired by the CM, Revenue Minister R Ashoka mentioned the lockdown wouldn’t be prolonged and all actions might resume as ordinary from July 22.
“Lockdown will not be extended. I’m saying this after discussing with the Chief Minister. There is no such thinking before the government. CM has got a report from the experts, it was discussed in the meeting. By lockdown we can only postpone things, we have taken that breathing time. If we continue lockdown it will keep on continuing,” he mentioned.
The Minister mentioned the method of sealing locations, wherever required, would proceed.
He mentioned the plan to conduct extra checks was mentioned on the assembly and all of the required zone sensible preparations can be made.
“We also discussed beds and shortage of ventilators and steps will be taken to arrange for them,” he mentioned.
As of July 16 night, cumulatively 51,422 COVID-19 optimistic circumstances have been confirmed within the state, which incorporates 1,032 deaths and 19,729 discharges.
Bengaluru city district tops the record of optimistic circumstances, with a complete of 25,288 infections.
Out of 4,169 contemporary circumstances reported on Thursday, a whopping 2,344 had been from Bengaluru city alone.
At the assembly, the Chief Minister mentioned all crucial steps ought to be taken to clear all difficulties confronted by contaminated sufferers in getting admitted to hospitals.
The CMO assertion quoted Yediyurappa as directing Ministers to carry conferences with personal hospitals to make sure that COVID and non-COVID sufferers bought therapy.
Warning of strict motion in opposition to personal hospitals in the event that they don’t allocate beds for COVID sufferers, he mentioned volunteers and nodal officers can be appointed to assemble details about admission of such sufferers and availability of beds.
The Chief Minister mentioned fast antigen checks ought to be performed on these dying at hospitals or houses and crucial motion taken at hand over the our bodies or to conduct final rites as per the procedures, relying on the reason for demise.
Recruitment was on to nominate docs to resolve scarcity, he mentioned, including that volunteers had been recognized in every ward for micromanagement and ambulances allotted.
Marriage halls and lodges have been chosen in all wards for these not having separate quarantine services, Yediyurappa mentioned and burdened on rising testing.
Deploying additional police drive at locations the place there are probabilities of folks gathering in massive numbers, guaranteeing beds availability and ambulances inside two hours of a affected person testing optimistic with decentralised monitoring, giving precedence to these symptomatic above 65-years through the allocation of beds had been amongst instructions given by the Chief Minister. PTI