Bengaluru, Mar 22: People of Karnataka remained indoors on Sunday in response to the Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s call for ‘Janata Curfew’.
The entire state looks deserted, as almost all activities seem to have come to a grinding halt in all the districts and taluks including the state capital Bengaluru.
Transport vehicles did not ply on the streets, while all commercial establishments, restaurants, pubs, places of entertainment, and even hospitals chose to shut down in a bid to check the spread of coronavirus.
Chief Minister B S Yediyurappa, who spoke to press persons at his residence, thanked the people of the state for giving an overwhelming response to the Prime Minister’s call to remain indoors across the state.
Outlining the measures taken by the state government in handling the challenge posed by the coronavirus, he said that as a precautionary measure, it was decided to convert the entire 1700-bedded Victoria Hospital into a treatment facility for Covid-19 infected patients.
Patients of the Victoria Hospital would be shifted to other health facilities shortly, he informed.
Maintaining that all the schools and college examinations have been postponed, the Chief Minister said that “to prevent the spread of the coronavirus all the entry points connecting state borders would be closed down temporarily”.
He said that while new testing labs would be established by the state government in the districts, it was also decided to rope-in private hospitals to set up labs in accordance with the Center’s guidelines.
Informing that the State level task force, headed by the Health minister B Sreeramulu, is continuously monitoring the situation, he said that “the state Guest House in Balamory I would be converted into the Covid-19 war room to oversee the disease management across the state round-the-clock”.
He said that the state government is focussing on establishing more testing facilities. The Chief Minister appealed to the people not to panic and join hands with the State government in fighting the spread of the virus. (UNI)