BS Yediyurappa has announced that Bengaluru will be locked down for a period of seven days, starting from Tuesday. The official decision came on Saturday night.
Although the government was maintaining the stance that the lockdown will not be imposed, the situation seems to have forced them to take the drastic decision. Here are five reasons which could have led BSY and co. to arrive at the decision:
The Initial Success
Yes, you heard that right. Not that it was a bad thing but the initial success that the Bengaluru model experienced, a wave of overconfidence might have struck both the government and the people. The result, rules were flouted, and cases rose.
When the initial model was doing well, the government failed to realize that that model had a threshold. When the cases started rising, BSY and co. just made surface changes to the existing plan and started implementing the same. Here is where horror-struck Bengaluru.
The change in mindset
To be precise, this started on April 14th. When PM Modi announced certain relaxations, with very few cases in their city, Bengalureans all but believed that they had gotten rid of COVID-19. It took only a few days for the perception to change.
Despite what was going on around the country, people did not seem to care about the implications of their actions. Roaming without masks, heading out unnecessarily, and even attending social gatherings despite restrictions, the careless attitude of certain people have brought the city to this stage.
Considering the suggestions from experts to curb the increasing number of Covid cases, Government has decided to implement complete lockdown in Bengaluru Urban and Rural Districts for 7 days starting 8 PM on Tuesday, 14th July. Detailed guidelines will be released on Monday.(1/2)
— B.S. Yediyurappa (@BSYBJP) July 11, 2020
Lack of Preparation
As mentioned earlier, the Government had their plans chalked out only for a certain number of cases. But, when things started going out of hands, they tried to bring private hospitals into the picture. Beds and ventilators became scarce, and to give themselves a breathing space to chalk out better plans, the lockdown seems to have come as their only idea.
The regulations were so diluted that things started appearing normal from the start of June. Traffic was back, and so was the regular social life-cycle of the citizens. This gave a chance for the virus to make its way through communities.