Will ensure those coming to Bengaluru are tested: Karnataka CM | Bengaluru News – Times of India


Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa said that he has asked officials to ensure strict screening at entry points into the city.

BENGALURU: Chief minister BS Yediyurappa on Sunday said those entering Bengaluru from other states and even districts will be screened, and swab samples collected for testing at entry points in a bid to prevent a fresh surge in Covid-19 cases. The move comes ahead of some lockdown restrictions being lifted in Bengaluru Urban district, besides others from Monday.
With economic activity set to resume in Bengaluru Urban, authorities expect a massive influx of migrants returning to work in the city. As a result, officials of the health department have raised concerns over a possible spread of infections and a spike in cases.
“I have spoken to officials about this. I have asked them to ensure strict screening at entry points into the city. We will plug loopholes, if any,” Yediyurappa told reporters.
However, the chief minister did not spell out whether testing will be done at district borders or at places where heavy influx of migrants is expected such as bus stands and railway stations. Over the past week, there has been an influx of returnees at the railway station, perhaps in anticipation of restrictions being lifted.
The strict lockdown will continue in 11 districts where positivity rates are still high, including Bengaluru Rural, Hassan, Kodagu, Mandya and Mysuru.

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