PATNA: One of the poorest states in India entered a blockade on Thursday, but the traffic on Bihar Avenue is close to normal, which shows the difficulty of collecting more than 125 million people.
India is the third country after the United States and Brazil to record 1 million Covid-19 cases, and the eighth country to record more than 25,000 deaths. The number of cases in India rose from 800,000 to 1 million (1 million) in just six days, while it rose from 600,000 to 800,000 in the first nine months and to 1 million in 11 days. Similarly, the death toll increased from 20,000 to 25,000 in just 10 days.
The lockdown in the northern state bordering Nepal started as India reported more than 600 deaths in the previous 24 hours, and the Red Cross warned the virus was spreading at “an alarming rate” across South Asia.
Since the number of cases handled in India exceeded 1 million and the number of deaths exceeded 25,000, government authorities across the country are re-imposing restrictions, which were not lifted until recently.
Bihar is a rural area with weak medical infrastructure and was blocked for 15 days at midnight. This is the second day after the IT hub Bangalore (a home with 13 million people) is closed for a week.
In Bihar, all schools, clubs, temples and non-essential businesses were ordered to close, but construction and agricultural activities were allowed to continue.
While public transportation is closed, private cars are still allowed, and the streets of the state capital Patna are packed with cars, trucks, bicycles, and automatic rickshaws.
“The lockdown is not being fully enforced,” businessman Ranjeet Singh said. Many people were still shopping for food with little regard for social distancing advice.
A lack of coronavirus discipline forced Goa, another Indian state, to announce a three-day shutdown from Thursday evening and a night curfew until August 10.
Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said too many people were “stepping out to meet people at parties” and that there was a low level of “awareness and sensitivity”.
“We have more than 40,000 people fined for not wearing masks, plus there are many who are detained for flouting rules, but they continue to loiter,” Sawant told local media.
“This only establishes that people only understand the language of the law.”