Bengaluru, the Only Metro to Have Defeated Covid-19 Has Succumbed Again in the Last 10 Days


Bengaluru, the Only Metro to Have Defeated Covid-19 Has Succumbed Again in the Last 10 Days

Illustration: Arati Gujar

In Bengaluru, a rise in coronavirus cases has put the capital of Karnataka on edge. In the past 10 days, from June 13 to 23, the city has seen a worrying spike in the number of people testing positive for Covid-19.

A report in The Quint stated that the city had seen a 132 per cent increase in the number of cases. As of yesterday, Bengaluru had a total of 1,505 cases. This number is not large compared to other cities, like Mumbai and Delhi, but the sudden increase is cause for concern.

In response, the state government placed KR Puram, one of Bengaluru’s largest markets, under complete lockdown yesterday, June 23. Three other areas of the city that witness high footfalls have also been placed under lockdown. As of now, the lockdown is expected to last 14 days.

While the nationwide lockdown was in effect, Bengaluru’s slower rate of transmission put it in a better position than other large metros. However, since restrictions have eased, coronavirus has hit the city hard.

The state’s Health Minister B Sriramulu also said that Bengaluru might see a city-wide lockdown once again if the number of cases continued to rise.

The BJP-led state government of Karnataka, has denied that community transmission of Covid-19 is taking place in Bengaluru. This echoes the Central Government’s position that community transmission has not yet occurred in India, even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases in the country crosses 4,00,000.

Now, the municipal body Bruhat Bengaluru Mahanagara Palike (BBMP) and the city police have the difficult task of ensuring social distancing norms and safety regulations are observed in a city trying to revert to normal life after lockdown.

During the lockdown, videos of Bengaluru police accosting lockdown violators while cosplaying as the coronavirus went viral. The present situation on the ground in the city is a far cry from that light-hearted diversion.