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12 Jul 2020 | 02:06 PM UTC

India: Lockdown measures to be reintroduced in Bengaluru July 14 /update 49

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Authorities to reintroduce lockdown measures in Bengaluru from July 14; heed official instructions

TIMEFRAME expected from 7/12/2020, 12:00 AM until 8/1/2020, 11:59 PM (Asia/Kolkata). COUNTRY/REGION Bengaluru

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Authorities have stated that lockdown measures will be reintroduced in Bengaluru (Karnataka state) from 20:00 (local time) on Tuesday, July 14, until 05:00 on Wednesday, July 22, due to an increase in locally-detected cases of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The directive will affect the Urban and Rural districts of Bengaluru, and during this period, only essential services such as hospitals, food shops, and pharmacies will remain functioning.

Separately, the Karnataka state government has reimposed lockdowns occurring on every Sunday from July 5. Only the accessing of essential services and supplies will be permitted on these days. A stricter nightly curfew is also in place between 20:00 and 05:00 daily during which time the public are not allowed to leave their homes.

As of Sunday, July 12, there have been 849,522 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, with 22,673 associated fatalities. Further international spread of the virus is expected in the near term.


The first case of COVID-19 was reported on December 31 and the source of the outbreak has been linked to a wet market in Wuhan (Hubei province, China). Human-to-human and patient-to-medical staff transmission of the virus have been confirmed. Many of the associated fatalities have been due to pneumonia caused by the virus.

Cases of the virus have been confirmed in numerous countries and territories worldwide. Virus-screening and quarantine measures are being implemented at airports worldwide, as well as extensive travel restrictions. On March 11, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the global outbreak a pandemic.

Pneumonia symptoms include dry cough, chest pain, fever, and trouble breathing. Pneumonia can be contagious and can be transmitted from human to human. The influenza virus, or the flu, is a common cause of viral pneumonia.


Measures adopted by local authorities evolve quickly and are usually effective immediately. Depending on the evolution of the outbreak in other countries, authorities are likely to modify, at very short notice, the list of countries whose travelers are subject to border control measures or entry restrictions upon their arrival to the territory in question. It is advised to postpone nonessential travel due to the risk that travelers may be refused entry or be subject to quarantine upon their arrival or during their stay.

To reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, travelers are advised to abide by the following measures:

  • Frequently clean hands by applying an alcohol-based hand rub or washing with soap and water.
  • When coughing and sneezing, cover mouth and nose with a flexed elbow or tissue; if used, throw the tissue away immediately and wash hands.
  • If experiencing a fever, cough, difficulty breathing, or any other symptoms suggestive of respiratory illness, including pneumonia, call emergency services before going to the doctor or hospital to prevent the potential spread of the disease.


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