Why some states are walking back into lockdown

Mumbai, Maharashtra

The daily increase in corona virus cases has now risen up to around 25,000 cases a day. With the curve showing no signs of flattening, each state is assessing the readiness of its own infrastructure to deal with rising cases and then deciding to impose strict restrictions nearly as harsh as the lockdown.

Pune & Pimpri-Chinchwad

The rural areas of Pune and neighboring Pimpri-Chinchwad will undergo complete lockdown for a period of 10 days starting from Monday, July 13.
Only shops related to essential services like dairy and medical stores & and hospitals will remain open,” Pune Divisional commissioner Deepak Mhaisekar said on Friday.

Lockdown will be in two phases – first between 13 to 18 July when only medical shops, dairies & hospitals will be allowed to remain open. Newspapers will also be  allowed. In the second phase, between 18 July to 23 July, medical stores, dairies, hospitals and essential services will be allowed to remain open, said Gaikwad, Commissioner, Pune Municipal Commission.


Thane has recorded more than 45,000, In order to break the chain of rising Covid-19 cases, Thane administration had declared a full lockdown on July 2 to be observed for 10 days, till July 12 . Observing no change in the trend, on Friday lockdown has been extended for another week till July, 19. Apart from essential services no other services will be allowed. “Non-essential services will not operate during this period, and nor would movement of vehicles for purposes other than medical and essential travel be allowed”, according to the order from Thane Municipal Corporation.

Maharashtra Deputy CM Ajit Pawar said “ People must purchase essentials within the next two days because after that only essential services will be open. If we have to break the chain then we must ensure that there is no contact among people.”

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Kerala’s capital Thiruvannanthapuram observed  a week long Triple lockdown in its containment zones, July 6 onwards. The lockdown was extended again by the Chief minister Pinarayi  Vijayan on Friday,  for another week seeing no halt in the rapid increase of coronavirus cases. He said, “Lockdown in Thiruvananthapuram has been extended for a week. Triple lockdown will be imposed in containment zones.”

The Kerala government came up with the idea of Triple lockdown amid the fear of local transmission in the state’s capital, as several cases turned up without a specific origin of infection.

Uttar Pradesh
The UP government declared a blanket lockdown in the state for 55 hours starting from Friday from 10 pm to Monday at 5 am. This comes after the corona positive cases in the states shot up. The announcement came on a day when the state registered 1,248 new cases of the coronavirus as well as 17 deaths.


West Bengal imposed a strict lockdown on Thursday for a week in 434 containment zones as the State recorded yet another highest single day spike with 1,088 cases of COVID -19 infection.


The Maharashtra government on June 29 extended the COVID-19 lockdown  in Mumbai till July 31 due to the prevailing coronavirus condition in the state. State government allowed the opening up of gyms, salons and shops in Mumbai, following the odd-even scheme. The Mumbai police has  also asked Mumbaikars to not to drive their private vehicles beyond a 2 km radius  from their residence, if not essential (only allowed for work purposes).



In a surprising move, Assam with 7206 positive cases as of now, declared a 14 day long unexpected lockdown in the Kamrup metropolitan city from Saturday midnight. This time with no ease or allowance, curfew rules will be stricter. “No grocery shops will be allowed to open or supply of vegetables and other essentials will be permitted for the first seven days,” said Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.


Chief Minister Of Karnataka, B.S. Yeddyurappa earlier dismissed any probability of lockdown. But, Later a complete lockdown in Bengaluru  was declared on June 27.”No activities shall be permitted on Sundays, except essential services and supplies,” a statement issued by the Chif Minister said. They have even clamped night curfew from 8 pm to 5 pm with immediate effect. Besides, all government offices shall also remain closed on all Saturdays from July 10.

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In Gurugram, Given the surge in COVID-19 cases, the administration had identified 8 containment zones in the district and a complete lockdown  had been enforced for two weeks from June 30 to July 14 in these zones. In spite of this, from the beginning of the July, the shopping malls had  re-open in Gurugram and Faridabad.


With the onset of ‘Unlocks’, the center is trying to normalize the covid situation in the country with measures to ease up restrictions. In contrast to it, the state governments are planning to decide what to allow and what to restrict to pace down the spread of coronavirus.


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