On Sunday, India recorded over one lakh cases of coronavirus. This is the highest caseload recorded ever. Even in the first wave, the cases did not exceed one lakh. Many states have already announced night curfew, weekend lockdowns, and even section 144 has been imposed in some areas. Amid this sudden spike in India’s covid tally, both the Centre and the state governments have been in a frenzy as four states and one union territory are in their election phase. Maharashtra is the biggest contributor has imposed several rules and regulations.
The Maha Vikas Aghadi has kicked this off with the mini-lockdown strategy. With a complete lockdown this weekend (Friday 8 PM to Monday 7 AM), only essential services and public transport will be allowed. Gardens, parks, and beaches will be closed from 8 PM to 7 AM unlike the theatres, which do not even open. Schools and colleges will also remain shut just like all the gyms, spas, and parlours. The hospitality sector has seen the biggest slowdown as things recently showed up for them. Any kind of gathering, be it social, political, or religious is strictly not permitted. The situation is getting worse day by day. Private offices have advised work from home for all the employees, while government offices will function at a fifty percent capacity.
Vegetable vendors and other essential stores will remain open only if they follow the (SoPs) issued by the Uddhav Thackeray government. Restaurants, though not allowed to operate, have the option of home deliveries. The shooting of films and serials is allowed if no crowd gathers during the process. E-commerce operations like Amazon and Flipkart may operate normally. It was reiterated by the MVA that people should only step out if it’s necessary. The role of masks and sanitizers is far from over. The officials also advised the public to follow covid appropriate behaviour and avoid crowding of any sort. To make sure that this happens, the government also imposed section 144. All the concerned departments are constantly monitoring the situation.
Shopping complexes and construction sites can resume operations including that they avoid crowding and follow the latest guidelines. Religious places have to abide by all the rules and regulations. As Maharashtra recorded 57000 cases, we need to understand that it is a hotspot and have to take every measure at a personal level to get it out of this hazardous time. The cases are on the rise and so should be our precautionary measures as to not let the virus control us. Mumbai recorded 11,000 cases in the last 24 hours which is a worrisome number. One of the most important cities in the country, Mumbai cannot afford to become the corona capital of India. The authorities are trying their level best but clearly, that is not enough to contain the virus.
With the vaccination drive in full swing, our guard against this invisible enemy has been let down which is the prime reason for an even larger and more dangerous second wave. Many states have been affected by the wave but the ones with a composed lockdown even after the vaccination drive benefitted. Many lives are at stake and no government can risk it. Lockdowns may not be the popular opinion but sure buys us some time to think and tackle this pandemic together. The complete economic shutdown is not at all workable at this point in time as many businesses (small and medium) are still catching up for their losses since last year. The partial lockdown is one of the most used techniques to curb the spread of covid-19, as it is the best of both worlds. Not too much pressure on the economy and easy on the population too. Where this might not be a solution, it sure can lead us to a normal future. India is being looked up to by other countries and we need to set an example yet again. We did it in the first wave and we will surely do it for the second wave too.
The pandemic is far from over. We should look out for each other, even if it is virtually. Unity is a greater strength than any force. Let us hope for a better tomorrow and #kickcoronaout