India’s tech hub goes back into lockdown amid coronavirus infections surge
India’s high-tech hub of Bengaluru will go back into a coronavirus lockdown for a week on Tuesday after a surge of infections. Places of worship, public transport, government offices and most shops will shut down again from the evening. People will be confined to their homes and only allowed out for essential needs, Reuters said.
Bengaluru is home to some of the world’s biggest IT companies. It had only about 1,000 novel coronavirus cases in mid-June and was seen to have done better than other parts of the India in terms of testing and contact tracing.
However, the number has grown to nearly 20,000 as of Monday, which health experts blamed on the lifting of restrictions in June when a nationwide lockdown that had thrown millions out of work was ended.
India has 906,752 cases of the novel coronavirus with 28,498 new infections reported on Tuesday, according to the federal health ministry. This is the third highest total in the world behind Brazil and the US.