COVID-19 lockdown: Prohibitory orders issued in Bengaluru

South India

Bengaluru Police and administration has issued prohibitory orders in the city, with exemptions to essential and emergency services, to enforce the COVID-19 lockdown.


"In exercise of the powers conferred under Section 144 (1) Code of Criminal Procedure, I, Bhaskar Rao, IPS, Commissioner of Police and Additional District Magistrate, Bengaluru city hereby issue a prohibitory order within the limits of Bengaluru city commissioner on midnight of April 20, 2020, to midnight May 3, 2020," the order issued on Monday said.

Section 144 of the CrPC pertains to the power conferred to a District Magistrate, a sub-divisional Magistrate or any other Executive Magistrate to issue orders in urgent cases of a nuisance of apprehended danger.

"As per the guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India on the measures for containment of COVID-19 epidemic, it is imperative to take stringent measures in the jurisdiction of Commissioner of Bengaluru city to prevent the spread of the disease," the order said.

As per the order, the offices of the Government of India, its autonomous and subordinate offices and public corporations shall remain closed with the exception of defence, central armed police force, treasury, public utilities, disaster management, power generation, and post office, etc.

“Offices to the state government, their autonomous bodies, corporation, etc shall also remain closed except police, home guard, civil defence, fire and emergency services, electricity, water, sanitation and Mandis operated by Agriculture Produce Market Committee, etc”, it added.

It said that municipal bodies, with staff required for essential services, will also remain functional during this period. Other essential and emergency services, like hospitals, shops, etc have also been exempted from the prohibitory orders.

As of 8:00 AM on April 2,  Thirteen new coronavirus cases were reported in Karnataka. This brings the total reported cases of coronavirus in Karnataka to 408. Among the total people infected as on date, 112 have recovered and 16 have passed away.

According to the data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Tuesday, the total number of coronavirus patients in the country has surged to 18,601.

Meanwhile, with 47 new deaths reported in the last 24 hours, the number of deaths in the country due to COVID-19 has risen to 590.

The total number of active cases in the country is 14,759. Meanwhile, 3,252 persons have been cured/discharged/migrated.


With inputs from ANI

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