New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: A day after Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa warned Bangaloreans to strictly follow the social distancing norms if they want to prevent another lockdown in the state capital, the Chief Minister said on Friday that there will not be a complete lockdown in Bengaluru since the economy is also equally important.

“We are talking to elected representatives from Bengaluru from all parties. We are confident that we can beat Covid-19. We have everyone's support and cooperation. There is no question of another lockdown in Bengaluru as the economic situation is equally important. Lockdown is only for the areas that have already been shut down,” Chief Minister Yediyurappa told the media in Bengaluru.

On Thursday, the Chief Minister, while urging fellow Bangaloreans to follow the norms necessary to keep COVID spread under control, had said: "If you don't want Bengaluru to be sealed once again please cooperate and maintain distance".

Earlier, in an interview to news agency PTI, Chief Minister Yediyurappa had expressed confidence that if everyone (MLAs) pay special attention in their respective assembly constituency, COVID can be controlled.

Although Bengaluru, among all major cities, has performed exceptionally as for COVID control, in the past week, a sudden spike in the COVID cases has raised the alarms in the city, pushing the local administration to seal central parts of the city including KR Market and Kalasipalyam Market.

With close to 1800 confirmed cases, the doubling rate for the city is reportedly one week, implying a rise in testing can certainly result in more increase in the number of confirmed infections.

The state of Karnataka has reported over ten thousand confirmed Coronavirus cases, with the latest active patient count a little more than 3700, indicating a remarkably well above sixty per cent recovery rate, according to the data available on Ministry of Health and Family Welfare's website.

Posted By: Talib Khan