HD Kumaraswamy demands re-imposition of COVID-19 lockdown in Bengaluru

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Former Karnataka Chief Minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader H D Kumaraswamy demanded that a 20-day lockdown be imposed in Bengaluru following a spike in COVID-19 cases in the city. 

 

H D Kumaraswamy demanded re-imposition of lockdown in Bengaluru and warned if not done "Bengaluru would be another Brazil."

Taking to Twitter, the former Karnataka Chief Minister also stated that "people's health matters, not the economy."

"Stop playing with people's lives. Lockdown in some areas is not useful. Bengaluru must immediately go into lockdown for at least 20 days. Otherwise, Bengaluru would be another Brazil. People's health matters, not the economy," he tweeted.

"Distributing rations to the poor and workers is not going to resolve the problem. The state's 50 lakh working class have to be paid a compensation of Rs 5,000 each. Also, many drivers, weavers and labourers have not received the benefits of the schemes announced by the state government," he said in another tweet.

"The implementation of the programmes needs to be addressed immediately. Declaring the relief package and not reaching out to the poor is unfair," he further tweeted.

After rapid surge in COVID-19 or coronavirus cases, the BS Yediyurappa-led Karnataka government has re-imposed lockdown in the virus-hit clusters of Bengaluru from Tuesday. 

The Karnataka government on Monday announced sealing off five wards in the city as part of its revised containment policy in which an area that reports five or more cases will be sealed for 14 days.

Subsequently, the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) sealed off several localities in Chamarajpet, Kalasipalya, Chickpet, VV Puram and Byatarayanapura, besides shutting down Kalasipalya market and KR Market till July 7.

On Monday, Karnataka reported 249 new COVID-19 cases and five deaths taking the total number of cases in the state to 9,399 and the death toll to 142.

The capital city has total 1,292 cases. Meanwhile, the number of containment zones across the city soared to 440. 

A total of 142 more containment zones in Bengaluru were enlisted as ‘active’ by the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) on Monday.
 

With inputs from Agency and media reports

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