Some 13 million people living in the city of Bangalore and its surroundings are reconfinées Tuesday evening, soon followed by the 125 million inhabitants of the State of Bihar, in the hope of curbing the epidemic caused by the sars coronavirus that struck India.
After having imposed a containment brutal at the national level at the end of march, New Delhi was lifted in early June, but the reconfinements premises and other measures of sanitary protection are increasing at the initiative of the local authorities in this country of 1.3 billion people.
The second most populated nation in the planet to this day 23 727 dead to 906 752 reported cases of COVID-19, figures in quick progression. The experts believe that the peak of the epidemic there is still not reached.
If Bombay and New Delhi are the towns most ravaged by this disease, Bangalore (south) emerges as one of the new foci of the virus in India.
A reconfinement ordered by the regional government came into effect Tuesday night at 20 pm at the seat of the indian high technology and in the districts adjacent. It is officially in place until 22 July in the morning.
The inhabitants of Bangalore are in a hurry in the shops on Tuesday to fill their refrigerator and their cupboards before the start of the reconfinement, fearing supply difficulties and an extension of the measure.
“With restrictions on the movement of vehicles, I do not want to take any risk starting tomorrow. I make provisions for two weeks, at least I can take the brands of my choice “, told AFP Mangala, a housewife doing the cock in front of a shop.
The public transport is shutdown and only the services and businesses essential to be able to continue to open.
“People fear : the government has announced only ten days of confinement, but this could be extended to a month or two “, said to AFP Seema, a resident of the city, which was building up enough stock to hold out a month.
In the north of India, the great poor region of Bihar announced in the afternoon of the reconfinement of its approximately 125 million from Thursday to fifteen days, becoming the first indian State to impose a reconfinement continuous throughout its territory.
A reconfinement is also in place in the city of Pune (west), which has about six million inhabitants.
Several States, including Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Assam, have announced in recent days additional restrictions to limit the spread of the virus.
Despite the virulence of the epidemic, the human toll remains content in this country whose population is young.
India has for the time being registered as 17,2 dead of the COVID-19 per million population, far 409,7 in the United States or 342,6 in Brazil, the two countries that are more bereaved by the pandemic. This calculation has been obtained from balance sheets, officials compiled by AFP.