After Bengaluru Urban and Rural, Dharwad and Dakshina Kannada districts will also be under a virus-containing lockdown. The lockdown in Dharwad will run from July 15 for 9 days, while Dakshina Kannada will have a week-long lockdown from Wednesday night.
The administrations in both districts have taken the step after a video conference held by Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa with Deputy Commissioners, Zilla Panchayat CEOs and Superintendents of Police of various districts.
“It was the opinion of the people of Dharwad district that a lockdown has to be enforced for a few days…it is also the opinion of the district administration. I discussed it with the Chief Minister and he said the district administration can take the decision,” Minister Jagadish Shettar, in-charge of Dharwad district, told reporters.
The lockdown in Dharwad district will run from 10 am on July 15 to 8 pm on July 24. A formal order and guidelines will be issued by the district administration. Shettar appealed to the public to stay at home, maintain social distancing and wear masks.
Dakshina Kannada district in-charge Minister Kota Srinivas Poojary said that following discussions with public representatives and others, it was decided that a lockdown should be enforced.
“The lockdown will be for one week from Wednesday (July 15) night…people should cooperate,” Poojary said.
Commercial establishments will be open till Wednesday and people can buy their necessities, he said, adding that the Deputy Commissioner would issue the necessary guidelines.
The lockdown in Bengaluru Urban and Rural will run from 8 pm on July 14 (Tuesday) to 5 am on July 22.
As of Sunday evening, 38,843 positive cases have been recorded in the state, including 684 deaths and 15,409 discharges. Bengaluru Urban tops the list with 18,387 infections. Dharwad has 1,088 cases and Dakshina Kannada has 2,222.