|In Karnataka, the 14- day lockdown has come into force since last night. Non essential services were closed at 10.00 am today after opening for four hours. The Government officials, medical professionals, bank employees and media are allowed to move around on showing their ID cards.
Others engaged in the supply of essential goods and services are asked to take clear pass from the police department. To minimize movement of people and vehicles, barricades have been put on cross roads and by lanes. AIR Correspondent reports that roads are deserted in Bengaluru and other districts too.
Curfew can be seen total in pockets that have high case loads. In other districts too reports were received on authorities clamping down measures to contain the pandemic.
The health department is making efforts to mobilize COVID cure infrastructure. Health Minister Dr.K.Sudhakar has said that a decision is taken to utilize the services of 1,100 call center staff to give guidance to the COVID patients who are at home isolation. Speaking to media in Bengaluru, the Minister said that already 400 staff are currently working in call centers.
The government has decided to hire additional staff for six months at a cost of Rs.11 crore. The Minister further said that makeshift hospitals with a capacity of 2 to 3 thousand beds will be established in Bengaluru within 20 days. These make shift hospitals will be set up in Victoria, Bowring and Rajiv Gandhi Institute of Chest Disease campus.