Seeing the rise in the Covid cases in Bangalore, experts believe that the city is heading towards a complete lockdown. It has now become inevitable to bring in serious measures to cut the spread and the State government should consider it seriously, say experts.
With the growing number of patients, the city’s health infrastructure has reached its limits. With no availability of oxygen, ICU, and ICU-ventilator beds in hospitals, it has become a nasty situation, experts believe.
V. Ravi, an important officer at SARS-CoV-2 in Karnataka, said that with the given situation and cases rising beyond guesses, a lockdown was inevitable in Bangalore.
Some experts say a total lockdown of 14 days is necessary for this given situation. It has become imperative now to decrease the speed of transmission.
In the meantime, the Technical Advisory Committee (TAC) suggested a reconsideration of the current night curfew timings and weekend Janata curfews. People with gatherings like theatres, auditoriums, amusement parks, parks, parlors, clubs, swimming pools, gyms, and sports complexes should be closed till May 31, the TAC recommended.
Following that, the TAC also said that there must be stringent enforcement of restrictions in public areas and Section 144 should be imposed with immediate effect till May 31.
“The daily night curfew should be from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m. and weekend Janata curfews on Saturdays and Sundays from 8 p.m. of Friday till 6 a.m. of Monday. All shops, malls, shopping complexes, and business establishments should remain closed. However, essential commodities and services should be provided during fixed hours. Public transport should also be restricted to the prescribed seating capacity,” the report stated.
Advising that offices and workplaces should use altered timings and go for work from home options. Bars and Restaurants, including fast food joints, should provide takeaway/parcel services.
“All places of worship should remain closed to the public. However, daily routines can be performed following strict COVID-19 protocols. Barbershops, spas, salons, and beauty parlors should function at 50% capacity and following COVID-19 regards,” the report stated.
Furthermore, it also advised all schools and colleges to remain closed, however, online and distance education modes of learning can continue. The examinations, if scheduled, should be suspended.
“All religious, social, cultural, and political functions and gatherings should be strictly not allowed. However, family and small functions can be permitted with 50 guests for indoor and 100 for outdoor events,” the report stated.
Source: The Hindu