Bengaluru | Jagran News Desk: The local administration in Bengaluru have decided to seal off five areas in the city for 14 days after a sudden spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the Garden city. 

The areas which have been sealed in Bengaluru till July 7 are localities in Kalasipalya, Chickpet, VV Puram, Chamarajpet and Byatarayanapura, besides shutting down the KR market and the Kalasipalya market, said the Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palika (BBMP), as reported by The Times of India.

“We had adopted a similar approach in Padarayanapura and managed to contain the spread of the virus. We will replicate it in other localities. If there are over five cases in an area, then the entire locality will be sealed off,” The Times of India quoted BBMP chief BH Anil Kumar as saying.

The decision was taken after Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa on Monday also held an emergency meeting over the alarming rise in coronavirus cases in Bengaluru. After the meeting, the state government said that the decision to seal off the areas has been taken as a part of the its revised containment policy.

The district administration in Bengaluru was able to control the spread of the dreadful infection in the city earlier but there has been a sudden spike in the number of affected people in the IT hub. So far, the city has reported more than 1,300 coronavirus cases while over 60 people have died, according to the state Health Department.

Looking at the situation, the state government has asked the local administration in Bengaluru to identify the clusters, Karnataka Minister R Ashoka said while adding that there will “lockdown-like enforcement in these localities in the city”.   

The BS Yediyurappa-led Karnataka government has also said that a criminal case will be registered against those violating the home quarantine guidelines. The state government, however, has said that essential services will be provided to residents in sealed-off areas. 

Meanwhile, a state official has said that Karnataka is projected to have up to 25,000 positive cases by August 15 as the state is reporting an increase in coronavirus cases with each passing day.

"If the daily growth rate of cases is 3 per cent, then the active cases will reach 17,000. If the daily growth rate is 4 per cent, then it will be 20,000-25,000 over the next 50-60 days," said Karnataka State COVID War Room Director Munish Moudgil, as reported by news agency IANS.

"Effort to reduce the growth rate will exponentially reduce the number of cases. Conversely, any slip-up makes us pay heavily," Moudgil added.

The deadly coronavirus has affected more than 9,300 people while over 140 people have lost their lives to the deadly disease in Karnataka so far, according to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.

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