Karnataka CM BS Yediyurappa rules out fresh lockdown in Bengaluru

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Karnataka Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa has ruled out imposition of fresh lockdown in the state capital of Bengaluru in view of the recent spike in the coronavirus cases.

Talking to reporters on Friday, he said that a total lockdown in the city would affect economic activity and improving the economic situation of the state was equally important even while fighting Covid-19.

"There is no question of imposing lockdown for any reason. In some areas (with high case load) we have already implemented lockdown, other than those places there is no question of it being implemented in other places," Yediyurappa was quoted by news agency PTI as saying.

Though the state capital was considered a model for the entire country in COVID management and has seen a spike in cases during the last few days, the pandemic can be controlled if everyone cooperated, he said.

His remarks come in the light raging speculations that the government was planning to impose a fresh lockdown in the city to check the spread of the virus. The state capital has the highest number of cases among the districts.

As of Thursday evening, a total of 1,791 COVID-19 cases, including 78 deaths and 505 discharges, had been reported in Bengaluru, while the state's tally stood at 10,560 compared to just 3,408 cases as on June 1.

Improving the economic situation of the state was also equally important, the Cheif Minister said, ahead of his meeting with Ministers, MLAs and MPs of all parties from Bengaluru to discuss measures to control COVID-19.

"I will discuss with all MLAs including those from opposition and Ministers from Bengaluru and come to some decision. With their cooperation we will make all honest efforts to control the pandemic in Bengaluru," he said adding that he had confidence that if MLAs pay special attention in their respective assembly constituency, COVID can be controlled.

Meanwhile, official sources said the Chief Minister has given Revenue Minister Ashoka the charge of overseeing the COVID management in the city. So far, Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar has been in charge of COVID in Bengaluru (with inputs from PTI)

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