12 million people in India’s IT hub, Bengaluru placed under lockdown after coronavirus cases spike

India’s information and technology capital, Bengaluru has gone back into a coronavirus lockdown for a week from Tuesday 8:00pm after a sudden surge of infections.

Places of worship, public transport, government and private offices would be shut during this period. Shops that are selling groceries and essentials would be allowed to operate with restricted timings.

Schools, colleges and restaurants will remain shut.

Over 12 million people will be confined to their homes but only allowed out for essential needs.

Bengaluru , home to some of the world’s biggest IT firms such as Infosys, had only about 1,000 coronavirus cases in mid-June and was seen to have fared better than other parts of India in terms of testing and contact tracing.

But infections had grown to nearly 20,000 by Monday, something health experts blamed on the lifting of restrictions in June when Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, worried about the economy.

Bengaluru began seeing a surge in infections from late June as both testing and the movement of people picked up.

Another city, Pune began a 10-day shutdown on Monday.

The state of Bihar also imposed a 16-day strict lockdown in the state from 16th July .

India overall has reported 906,752 cases of the novel coronavirus with 28,498 new infections reported on Tuesday and is the third worst country to be infected by the virus behind Brazil and United States.