Former Karnataka chief minister and Janata Dal (Secular) leader HD Kumaraswamy on Tuesday said that the Centre should impose a lockdown for another 20 days as unlocking had led to a rise in COVID-19 cases in Karnataka and the country.
An immediate shutdown should also be announced in Karnataka, especially for Bengaluru and added that otherwise ‘Bengaluru will become another Brazil’ in the absence of stricter restrictions.
Kumaraswamy in a series of tweets in Kannada said COVID-19 had been spreading fast after the government unveiled the plan to unlock India.
“Stop playing with human lives. It will not serve any purpose to seal a few areas. If you care for human lives in Bengaluru, shut down the city totally for 20 days. Else, Bengaluru will become another Brazil. People’s lives are more important than the economy,” he wrote attacking the state government.
In another post, he said: “Today India is among the countries with the highest number of COVID-19 cases and the problem must be seen in context of our high population density.”
India has the fourth highest number of COVID-19 cases in the world.