Bengaluru and six other cities in Karnataka will implement a night curfew from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on Saturday, the government announced on Thursday, just minutes after Prime Minister Narendra Modi encouraged states to announce new restrictions in response to the rising number of COVID-19 incidents.
The curfew will be in effect until April 20 in Mysuru, Mangaluru, Kalaburagi, Bidar, Tumakuru, and Manipal, according to Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa. He said, “Essential services will continue.”
According to the Union Health Ministry, Karnataka is one of ten states, along with Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Kerala, and Punjab, that have seen a sharp increase in daily COVID-19 cases, accounting for 84.21 percent of the record 1.26 lakh new infections on Thursday.
COVID-19 Cases In India: Stats
India’s COVID-19 cases have increased by a factor of 13 in just two months, thanks to a vicious second wave fueled by a widespread disregard for safety protocols, which has pushed the country past its mid-September peak of around 98,000 cases per day.
The record revival of the latest coronavirus has been marked by election rallies led by Prime Minister Modi and other prominent figures, as well as crowded festivals and religious gatherings.
Leaders have relaxed their guard after successfully quelling the first surge late last year. They overlooked and ignored the effects of the virus by allowing or even promoting risky behaviour, experts claim, and reopened the economy too quickly and too narrowly.
Mumbai’s vast suburban train network reopened days after Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan declared India’s COVID-19 outbreak contained in late January, and authorities let tens of thousands of tourists into stadiums for international cricket matches.
Many of the country’s 135 million citizens disregarded masks and social distance, while politicians such as Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah welcomed hundreds of thousands of largely mask-free supporters at election rallies.
India is close behind Brazil, with 1.29 crore cases, and well behind the United States, which has more than 3 crore infections. India has over 1.66 lakh COVID-19 deaths, despite having one of the lowest fatality rates in the world, thanks in part to its young population.