Govt may have to impose lockdown in Bengaluru if COVID-19 cases increase: Health Minister

Govt may have to impose lockdown in Bengaluru if COVID-19 cases increase: Health Minister

Bengaluru: With Bengaluru reporting an rising variety of COVID-19 circumstances, Karnataka well being minister B Sriramulu on Tuesday mentioned the federal government may need to impose a lockdown within the metropolis, after consulting specialists, if the state of affairs continues.

“If the state of affairs continues like this, within the days to come back we might have to consider lockdown… If the circumstances improve to the next quantity, by consulting specialists and bringing it to the discover of the Chief Minister,we might have to consider implementing lockdown. No determination has but been taken,” Sriramulu advised reporters right here.

He urged folks to cooperate to regulate the unfold of the virus by following measures in place to include it.

Involved over the rise in COVID-19 circumstances within the metropolis, Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa had on Monday directed officers to implement lockdown measures strictly in sure clusters in Bengaluru which have reported more variety of infections.

Town civic physique Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) had additionally issued an order sealing the busy Okay R Market and Kalasipalya Market right here for 15 days.

Until Monday night, the state capital had reported 1,398 circumstances of COVID-19, together with 67 deaths and 411 discharges.

On Monday, as many as 126 contemporary circumstances had been recorded.

Referring to the rising variety of circumstances in Bengaluru, Sriramulu mentioned until now asymptomatic circumstances had been additionally admitted at devoted hospitals.

However to any extent further, they might be handled at neighborhood halls, faculties, marriage halls, motels and Haj Bhavans, which have been transformed into COVID Care centres (CCC), he mentioned.

“With asymptomatic sufferers going to CCCs, we could have more beds at devoted COVID hospitals to deal with symptomatic sufferers and critical sufferers,” he mentioned, including CCCs could have docs and nurses 24X7 to deal with sufferers.

Noting that the federal government can be testing more senior residents within the days to come back, the minister mentioned the state deliberate to ramp up testing on a big scale.

“We have now plans to conduct 2000-3000 exams in every district and have two testing labs in every district,” he mentioned.

Sriramulu mentioned authorities has determined to take 50 per cent of beds in personal hospitals for treating COVID-19 sufferers, whereas the remaining can be for individuals who favor personal remedy.

“Charges have been mounted for remedy of sufferers below the federal government quota and cost will likely be made at that fee.

We have now additionally mounted ceiling for sufferers wishing to get handled at personal hospitals,” he mentioned.

To a query about complaints of poor high quality meals and amenities for sufferers at sure devoted COVID hospitals in Bengaluru, Sriramulu mentioned, “complaints have come to my discover.

I’ve directed officers to make crucial preparations. I’ll guarantee it doesn’t recur.”

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