Editorial

COVID catastrophe

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 7/22/2020 2:11:26 PM IST

 With COVID-19 cases rising alarmingly at the rate of around 40,000 cases per day, India is certainly not seeing better days and the bad news is that worse days are ahead. Despite the Modi government’s vain attempt to halt the spread of the rampaging virus through a belated Lockdown on March 24,2020, the figures keep increasing. When a nationwide lockdown was announced without any prior notice on March 24, there were 564 COVID-19 cases. Today, after 120 days of the lockdown, the tally has exploded to 11,82,915 COVID-19 cases. To make it clear, the spike in number of COVID-19 cases during the lockdown period has conclusively proved that the efforts are fruitless. As stated, when lockdown was announced on March 24, there were 564 COVID-19 cases, then by March 28 there were 1024 then by April end, the number rose to 33,000.At the end of May, the number ballooned to 1,82,143 and by June-end , it more than tripled to 5,66,840. In the current month and as on July 22, the figure of has almost doubled to 11,82,915 COVID-19 cases. Yet the government refuses to accept the reality, that its belatedly and hastily unplanned lockdown order has failed to contain the virus. Of course, the government continues to refer to high recovery and low mortality rates as placebo but these cannot deny the facts. The figures are facts that cannot be hidden behind denials. Worse, denials of facts that matter can only be deceit. To concerned immunologist, virologists and citizens, these detractions reveal a mid-course drift which seek to lay claims of achievements by cherry picking. Unfortunately, the media has utterly failed to act as watchdog. Perhaps kowtowing may be due to fear of reprisals through raids etc and which has also spread the virus of fear among sections. The power of fear is such that people’s minds have fallen prey to the illusion of truth. Today, no one remembers that when Modi announced lockdown on March 24, he claimed that India would defeat the virus in 21 days. Today the virus still shows no sign of facing imminent defeat. Perhaps, the pillars of democracy be it the friendly media, a parliament under lockdown and an absence of an opposition have been a huge bonus for the government which finds no reason to have to explain to the nation where things have gone wrong in the fight against coronavirus. According to virologists, epidemiologists and immunologists as well as scientists both within and outside India, community transmission has taken place since April which the government denies. As per the arithmetical calculations India is likely to see around 35 lakh COVID-19 cases by the end of September 2020 and expected to reach its peak by March 2021 to a crore or two. Another justification for the lockdown is that the idea was only to buy time so that hospitals are not overwhelmed with more patients than beds. Nevertheless, the mindless shifting the goalpost is not unusual. It brings to mind the other eternal mystery of the ‘real purpose’ of demonetisation. Unless the government accepts that lockdown has failed and community transmission is taking place, India will face a very grim situation. Unfortunately, the common people who are the sufferers have also failed to heed the warning calls of the troubles ahead.

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