These decisions were taken during an emergency meeting chaired by Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Saturday.
Sardar Patrappa road in Bengaluru wears a deserted look on June 27 (Photo Credits: PTI)
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa held an emergency meeting on Saturday with the state’s top officials to discuss measures to further contain the spread of the novel coronavirus. As of June 27, Karnataka has 3909 active cases while nearly 7000 patients have recovered from the infection.
During the meeting on Saturday, it was decided that a statewide lockdown will be imposed on each Sunday starting July 5. Only essential services and supplies will be allowed on Sundays.
Timings of the night curfew have also been revised to 8 PM – 5 AM from the earlier 9 PM – 5 AM.
Commissioner of Bengaluru’s civic body, BBMP has been directed to set up more wholesale vegetable markets to deter large crowds.
Meanwhile, government offices in Karnataka will open only five days a week and the weekend will be off for government employees.
It was also decided during the meeting on Saturday that a centralized bed-allocation system for Covid-19 patients will be taken up to ensure that each patient gets a bed without overwhelming the healthcare infrastructure.
CM BS Yediyurappa has also instructed officials to increase the number of ambulances for Covid-19 patients to 250 apart from arranging separate vehicles to carry mortal remains of victims. The police control room will aid officials in identifying the location and easing the movement of ambulances.
Information about nodal officers working for COVID management will be published. Joint Commissioners of 8 regions will be given additional responsibilities and KAS officers will be appointed to assist them.
The services of 180 ESI doctors appointed by the Labour Department will also be relied on by the state government. CM Yediyurappa has also asked officials to reserve wedding halls, hostels and other institutions in Bengaluru as COVID Care Centres.
Bengaluru Urban DC, on the other hand, was instructed to identify more places for the last rites of patients and also to form more teams for this purpose. The BBMP Commissioner has been told to notify reservation of 50 per cent beds in medical colleges and private hospitals.