Home / News / India /  Karnataka: Complete lockdown on Sundays from 5 July, govt offices to function 5 days a week

Karnataka government today announced it would be imposing a complete lockdown in the state on every Sunday, with effect from 5 July, 2020, until further orders.

"No activities shall be permitted on that day except essential services and supplies," said Chief Minister's Office.

The existing timing of night curfew from 9 pm to 5 am in the morning is altered to 8 pm to 5 am with effect from 29 June, it added.

Apart from that, all government offices shall remain closed on all Saturdays, with effect from July 10, said CM's office.

This was decided after Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa held a review meeting over the coronavirus situation in the state on Saturday.

The Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike Commissioner was directed to set up more number of wholesale vegetable markets to avoid crowding in large wholesale vegetable markets in the city.

It was also decided to have a centralised bed allocation system to speed up hospitalisation of Covid-19 patients.

After the meeting, the Chief Minister also directed the officials to enhance the number of ambulances to carry coronavirus patients and to arrange separate ambulances for carrying mortal remains of patients who die due to the contagion.

He also directed the officials to use the police control room wireless system to identify location and easy movement of ambulances.

"It was decided to give additional responsibilities to Joint Commissioners of 8 regions and also to appoint KAS officers to assist them in order to lessen the burden on Commissioner and the central office of BBMP. It was decided to avail services of 180 ESI doctors appointed by the labour department and appoint probationary tahsildars as nodal officers for COVID dedicated hospitals and COVID care centers," read the statement.

In the meeting, BBMP Commissioner was directed to notify reservation of 50 per cent of beds in Medical colleges and private hospitals.

Marriage halls, hostels and other institutions in Bengaluru will also be reserved for COVID care centres and to avail railway coaches with beds.

The announcement comes in the wake of rising numbers in novel coronavirus cases in the past one week.

Earlier on Friday, Yediyurappa met with all elected representatives from Bengaluru and it was, among other things, decided to appoint a nodal officer for each Assembly constituency for handling the Covid-19 situation.

However, Yediyurappa had earlier denied any lockdown extension in the state. "All efforts would be made to control the spread of coronavirus in the city and there will be no fresh lockdown," he said asserting that improving economic situation of the state is also equally important.

There had been intense speculation after some ministers said the government may have to consider re-imposing the lockdown, eased in phases from the middle of last month amid virus spread in the state and decisions to combat it.

Karnataka is projected to have 25,000 confirmed coronavirus cases by mid-August.

Currently, Karnataka reported a record 918 new Covid-19 positive cases and 11 deaths on Saturday. Total positive cases stand at 11923 and death toll is at 191, according to state health department. Of these, Bengaluru alone recorded as many as 596 new cases.

With inputs from agencies

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