The BS Yediyurappa-led BJP government has decided to impose a complete lockdown in Bengaluru Urban and Rural districts from 8 pm on 14th July to 5 am on 22nd July in the wake of the rising coronavirus cases.
"Complete lockdown in Bengaluru Urban and Rural districts from 8 pm on 14th July to 5 am on 22nd July in view rising Covid-19 cases," a news release from Karnataka Chief Minister's Office (CMO) stated.
However, the essential services will be exempted from it, the Karnataka Chief Minister's Office (CMO) confirmed. "Hospitals, groceries, fruit, vegetable and grocery shops will remain open and the medical and post-graduate exams scheduled will be held," the state government's notification read.
Bengaluru detects 2,313 new coronavirus cases
The announcement comes as Bengaluru detects 2,313 new coronavirus cases in the last 24 hours, taking the state's overall tally to 33,418. Also, 57 more deaths took the state's death toll to 543.
Bengaluru Police Commissioner requests adherence to 33-hour lockdown
Meanwhile, with the increasing number of cases in Bengaluru, the Karnataka government had earlier ordered evening curfews from 8 pm till 5 am every day and a complete lockdown on Sundays.
Bengaluru Police Commissioner, Bhaskar Rao, IPS, has also reminded the residents to "cooperate and stay home" during the allotted time. This is the second 33-hour lockdown in the city.
"Curfew will prevail in Bangalore City Commissionerate from 8 pm today to 5 am on Monday. Requesting all Bangaloreans to cooperate and stay home. This is in public interest. Those moving without reason will be dealt with legally," the commissioner tweeted today.