In between late November and early December 1st the case of COVID-19 was officially registered in Wuhan, China followed by an epidemic so much so that the entire city of Wuhan was put under lockdown. India evacuated its citizens and most importantly the students and was quarantined in facilities on arrival arranged by the Indian Army in Manesar and additional facilities were arranged by the government of India for returning Indian Nationals since there were fears of an outbreak of Pandemic. The fears proved to be true when cases in Italy and France suddenly shot up in the last week of February. Cases were being reported from all around the world. The difficult part to comprehend was that the developed countries that are known for their world-class medical setup, failed to control the spread of the virus. On 11th March 2020 WHO declared COVID-19 as a pandemic. The entire world was in a state of a lockdown and the world saw unprecedented footages of deserted streets that no one had even imagined seeing in their wildest dream. Thanks to China’s gift to the world.
China kept the truth about the virus hidden from the world and it’s speculated that the first case was reported in Wuhan in the month of September 2019. WHO also played its part by batting for China and Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus the Director-General of WHO was blamed and accused of colluding with China to cover-up the truth about the origin of the virus. In a finding, the associated press analysed an audio recording about a meeting held between WHO and Chinese officials, the meeting took place in January 2020 weeks after the COVID-19 Pandemic hit China. This audio exposed that China regardless of being the epicentre for the virus kept the world and UN nations into darkness about the Coronavirus.
India’s fight against the Covid-19 started with the announcement of lockdown on 23rd March 2020 by Prime Minister Narendra Modi through his address to the Nation which turned out to be the right decision at the right time. While cases were piling up in United States publications like New York time was busy looking down on India. India being the second-most populous country in the world no one would have imagined seeing empty streets of Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, etc. COVID-19 cases in India rose steadily but saw rapid growth after some restrictions were eased on the 4th of May and people lining up outside Liquor Shops to quench their thirst many defying the COVID-19 protocol. September saw the peak in a daily rise in COVID-19 cases to over 90,000 but was followed with a downward trend in the following months. With daily cases being reported around 10000 since January 2021 and India has been able to control the spread of the virus which is a huge achievement for the Nation. The credit must go to the Frontline warriors, the Health Ministry, the law enforcement agencies that enforced a lockdown and the Government of India and the leadership of PM Narendra Modi. While there were aspersions being made by so-called experts such as India being the second most populous country half of its population would be infected. I am no expert, but my understanding is that India was able to control the spread of virus through its low-cost COVID-19 hospitals and through innovative thinking for example the railway coaches were converted to COVID-19 hospitals so that more and more patients can be accommodated and largely immunity of Indian population being strong.
India’s Covid-19 Graph
India also played a very crucial role in the fight against COVID-19 on a global level. India being the hub of manufacturing generic medicine it supplied medicines such as hydroxychloroquine and paracetamol which is an effective medicine in treating coronavirus, especially to its neighbours. India imported personal protective equipment from China in the past but due to the high demand for PPE kits it started manufacturing PPE kits and within a couple of months India had become self-sufficient for its PPE kit requirements. Not only it became self-sufficient but also started exporting the PPE kits. India also donated food and medicines to its friendly countries and its efforts were lauded on an international stage. India also joined the race of developing the COVID-19 vaccine of its own and the first indigenous Bharat Biotech COVAXIN was approved by ICMR in the month of January. As of today, 82, 85,295 frontline workers have been vaccinated. Serum Institute of India Pune has started manufacturing the Oxford AstraZeneca vaccine. India also donated vaccines to friendly countries such as Maldives, Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Seychelles, and Myanmar. Over 100 countries have approached India for vaccines. India has also offered to vaccinate the members and diplomats of foreign missions in India. India is the world’s highest producer of vaccines and has been praised globally for its efforts to vaccinate the world population by countries like the United States, United Kingdom. United Nations General Secretary Antonio Guterres praised India for its role in vaccine manufacturing. World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus showed gratitude to India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi for continued support to the global COVID-19 response against the pandemic. India has achieved a big milestone in the fight against the virus from being successful in its own fight to lending a helping hand to the world to fight against the COVID-19. India stands true to the words by our Late External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj where she quoted a Sanskrit Shloka at UNGA in 2018 “It is with this wish in mind that I end with a shloka from Sanskrit scriptures May all experience well-being and health, may all live in peace and prosperity and may all achieve serenity.”