Bengaluru, cities in NE go for lockdown

Amid a rapid surge in Covid-19 cases in the state capital and signs of the contact-tracing model crumbling, Karnataka CM B S Yediyurappa announced a complete lockdown in Bengaluru Urban and Rural districts from 8 pm on July 14 to 5 am on July 22.

An unnamed senior cabinet minister was among the 2,798 new Covid-19 cases reported in the state during the day, 1,533 of them in Bengaluru alone. Several other cities and towns — from cities in Maharashtra to Guwahati and Shillong in the Northeast – on Saturday got an extension or a return to lockdown.

The Assam government extended the ongoing 14-day lockdown in Guwahati and other pockets of Kamrup (Metro) district by another week till July 19. For the Meghalaya capital of Shillong, the total lockdown will make a comeback for two days, beginning Monday.

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