Karnataka, the latest state to enforce restrictions, declared a 14-day lockdown, or “Covid curfew,” as chief minister BS Yediyurappa called it, starting Tuesday, only days after Prime Minister Narendra Modi said lockdown could only be used as a “last resort.” However, India’s desperate situation, record daily cases, overburdened hospitals, and a shortage of essential aid such as oxygen, have compelled several states to act.
During the 14-day period, public transportation and people movement are prohibited in Karnataka. Manufacturing businesses will be excluded. Grocery stores, for example, will be permitted to operate for just four hours (6 am to 10 am).
States can also enforce local limitations, according to the federal government. The union home ministry’s guidelines said that containment zones with specific borders and stringent controls would be needed to ensure that the infection does not spread outside; this would mean a wide geographical area such as a city or district etc.
Text by: Ankita Dutta, IBTN9