Bengaluru: Dropping enough hints that the state government may take tougher measures during continued lockdown after April 14, it has started implementing `seal down' in a phased manner.
On Friday morning, partial `seal down' was implemented in Bengaluru, Mysuru and Kalaburgi cities, which are witnessing a spike in COVID-19 activities. Strict measures have been taken in the state borders to stop any inter-state movements.
Since morning, only emergency services vehicles are allowed in sealed down areas and people are not allowed to come out of their houses.
In Bengaluru, J P Nagar, Vijayanagar Pipeline, Padarayanapura, K G Halli, D J Halli, Commercial street and Shivajinagar have been completely sealed down. In Mysuru, all the roads connecting Mysuru from other towns have been sealed down. Inside the city, Udayagiri area has been sealed down.
In Kalaburgi, the Northern part of the city has been sealed down, as all the cases and deaths reported are from that area.
Though seal down of critical areas while partially lifting lockdown was part of the report by Karnataka government's expert committee, a report by the Health and Family Welfare department has cautioned that the state may witness its peak between April 12 and April 25.
Though the state cabinet favored continuation of lockdown, the state government held back the decision, hoping that the National lockdown would continue.
Earlier, chief minister B S Yeddyurappa had expressed displeasure over people not cooperating with lockdown.
Based on previous experience, the government has decided to implement partial seal down, that are limited to critical areas of COVID-19 activities.