Mangaluru residents defy orders, on roads amid coronavirus lockdown


Stany Bela

Daijiworld Media Network – Mangaluru

Mangaluru, Mar 23: On Sunday, several states announced lockdown as a preventive measure for the ever spreading coronavirus (COVID-19). The Indian government is working extra hard to avoid the disastrous impact of the pandemic which has brought richest nations to their knees. However, carelessness was on display in some places where people are not adhering to instructions from the government. Similar actions were being committed by residents of Dakshina Kannada. The district which boasts of having a good number of literate crowd showcased an ignorant attitude and behaviour towards the lockdown.

The curfew which was ordered in the district from March 22 at 9 pm till midnight on March 31 has brought a halt on the traffic. Despite request from the district administration and the health authorities, majority of people from Dakshina Kannada and especially in Mangaluru city, came out on the streets, flocking shops and offices. In several places, police personnel could be seen urging motorists to stop and realise the dangers of coronavirus outbreak, but the violators of lockdown grew agitated and verbally abused the officers.

Early in the morning on Monday, central market witnessed heavy crowd rushing to make purchases. This was also the case for areas of Bunts Hostel, PVS circle, and Bendorewell. Adding to the mayhem, several hotels and shops opened for business which resulted in a lot of people gathering under a single roof. Although the state government ordered a strict ban on the movement of public transport, the city had auto-rickshaws and other taxis in service.

The roads which connect the city from Thokkottu, Bantwal, and Suratkal saw heavy traffic around 11 am. The efforts of Arkula police to stop traffic near Netravathi bridge, went in vain as the vehicles flooded in when an ambulance was allowed to pass.

“We are continuously requesting people to keep away. But no one seems to take our request seriously. Despite Sec 144, people in the city are venturing without thinking about the repercussions. I feel they are still unaware of the consequences of the deadly coronavirus. The disease can infect everyone, some can be asymptomatic and transfer the infection to a healthy person. Staying indoors for a few days is one of the primary solutions for the pandemic. So do not come out from homes and gather in public places until health authorities suggest," said a health inspector who wished to remain anonymous.

“These are educated people who are displaying foolish behaviour. Italy denied their fate for a long time and now are in a dire crisis where they are recording over 700 deaths per day. The city has already got their first coronavirus case, but people are unaffected by the news. Despite the orders of lockdown, they are gathering on the roadsides, in front of shops, and open areas. People are driving around without any fear," said Jagannath Karkera of Akashbhavan.

“On March 22 till 5 pm, we saw 100 per cent lockdown. As per the Prime Minister's request, everyone remained indoors, but when the time came for expressing gratitude to the doctors and people in the health department, or those on the frontline for their efforts against the deadly disease, people came out to the streets and made it a celebratory affair. The main object of Janata Curfew was to break the chain of the spreading virus. But the way people gathered in their balconies, compounds and terrace made it look like they did not understand the objective Janata Curfew,” he added.

Government and health authorities are focusing all their efforts to stop India from entering into stage 3 of the pandemic. But, without the support from the citizens, these efforts will not serve the purpose.

 

  

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  • Alfred, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    If the polite orders by the government to stay at home,those breaking the rules a harsh but simple punishment should be given.Ask them to get out of the vehicles and 5 good lashes on their buttocks so that they may stay home till the pain gies off.

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  • FD, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    It wont work if government just locks down without any thoughts of providing people the necessities. If they shut down the city for 10 days what should people eat? I know the virus is deadly and cannot be taken lightly but atleast give people the opportunity to stock some food before you shut everything down, or else people will die of hunger long before the virus gets them.

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  • SS, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Please note that it was just Janata curfew and not lockdown from government. But few so called educated illiterates are flocking grocery stores like there is no tomorrow despite of government telling all necessities will be available. Now the option is only lockdown. Also few blame government that its too late to take this decision. Whom should the government listen to? Instead of waiting for government order, as responsible citizens we voluntarily decide on social distancing after seeing China, Italy and Iran, this situation would not have arised. People even after having asked to self quarantine they roam around freely posing threat to others.
    Stay safe!

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  • FD, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    @SS, Mangalore

    The district government imposed lockdown yesterday itself (as per numerous sources including Daijiworld). Couple of large grocery stores have already shut doors since a week. From the images on Daijiworld it looks like no traffic is allowed into cities. Most of our vegetables arrive from Hassan and other nearby districts, grocery arrive from Bangalore and such. Bangalore has already closed some depots which has affected stock levels of some products (not all) in Mangalore. There are rumours that Bunder and Central Market were also shut down later. If this continues and government doesn't intervene with some sensible solutions then we are in trouble. Although the government has said all necessities are available it doesnt seem to be the case in a lot of stores. They seem to be struggling to source goods.

    I understand it is frustrating to see all educated idiots out grocery shopping but unfortunately many people do not have trust in the government. The government hasn't come out with concrete steps where movement of essential goods is spoken of as a priority (atleast I haven't heard of anything). Many of us have families to look after and small children to feed. We need assurance that the government is working on making food available in stores.

    At this very difficult time everyone should be thinking of all people and not just themselves. But we need more from government to calm our nerves. Govt needs to have some straight talk and quash all rumours, only then can people stay in their houses without having to worry about if their 1 year old child will have milk to drink the next morning.

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  • Alexander, Bangalore/USA

    Tue, Mar 24 2020

    We Indians taking seriousness in religious matter. These lock down and health issue is not for us!!!!!. How ignorant it is. As it mentioned in the news its not carelessness, its a habit. Never change. The same habit if the citizen is using in cleanliness, India will be shining some day, rather than getting more dirty.

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  • Save my India, India.

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Total lock down for longer period, with hefty fines and jail for law breakers will teach a lesson to one and all.

    Jai Hind!!!

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  • mangalorean, Spain

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Please obey the rules. It's a serious matter. I am seeing it here in Spain the plight and suffering of people. Once it affects no one can control it. Neither money nor our ego. Please, my mangalorean friends be serious in this.

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  • Maria D'Souza, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Please take them and put them behind bars. These people are dangerous to others. There may be suspected people among them. Media need to educate these people and governments should take serious action. Nothing is important than life. It's high time that people should realise this. Just see d condition of developed countries and they r not able to manage the situation and so many people r dying. Imagine3what will happen to India if same thing will happen to our country with a huge population and limited available medical resources. Prevention is the best thing in this case. Please, my fellow Mangalore residents, take it seriously. Your life and your family is very important to u,so d life of other people. Take it seriously. Stay at home and spend your precious time with your family. This is d best time. Stay safe, God bless us all. Better be safe than regret later 🙏❤👍

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  • Subhash Chandra, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    yes Italy and USA did same thing took it lightly and now they are on top. we don't know who has the virus as we can't sense it.

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  • SJM, Mangalore

    Mon, Mar 23 2020

    Janata Curfew' of March 22 must be extended and continued for at least another 14 days to effectively check the spread of the coronavirus.

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