Editorial

No end in sight

By Nagaland Post | Publish Date: 5/7/2020 1:05:34 PM IST

 There are widespread fears that the virus spread may get worse with the easing of the lockdown measures , as the number of cases have been rising continuously across most of the major urban centres of the country. On May 5 the country recorded its highest spike when 3,900 fresh infections were reported in the last 24 hours. The total number of cases as on May 7 is over 52,000. A government official on Thursday projected that COVID-19 will see its highest peak during June-July 2020. This should ring some alarm bells within the official portals in Delhi. The current easing of lockdown- a staggered exit- as some would describe; is right when viewed logically but laden with danger when viewed medically. The rise also came as the country had gradually eased the lockdown, begun on 24 March to help curb the spread of the virus, in some parts of the country. This has seen the opening of standalone shops, the re-opening of workplaces with reduced staffing, and the return of private vehicles in some areas. Public transport remains banned. The easing of the lockdown is undoubtedly logical because people need to buy food items and that makes agricultural producers and other manufacturers of food items operate businesses. That is only possible if the workers in various manufacturing industries are able to move without hindrance. Prime Minister Modi would know that easing of lockdown just after two months is going to negate whatever little that has been achieved. However, besides the health and life of the people, the prime minister and his government also has to seriously consider the health of the economy which is the life of the nation. On the other hand, the relaxation could come at high cost if the COVID-19 pandemic begins to peak by June-July as predicted by the head of the AIIMS. Worse is the spectre if COVID-19 is subjugated but not destroyed by anti-bodies but still remains a threat. The word ‘asymptomatic’ has now turned the world upside down. According to medical specialists, there could be thousands who are COVID-19 asymptomatic but show or suffer no symptoms but can transmit infection. The COVID-19 will probably remain for quite sometime, it could be there for a year or two and during which period, people will have to live in a different lifestyle. So far the lockdown was seen as the only way out for the government but now it cannot ignore the ultimate decision for a gradual exit. Those hardest hit financially and socially are around 40 lakh migrant workers in various parts who have been stranded since lockdown. In Maharashtra, Rajasthan etc, the exodus of migrant workers triggered by the coronavirus lockdown continued with over 1.35 lakh stranded people in the country ferried from May 1 in more than 140 special trains. Karnataka was desperate to resume economic activities and so refused to let the migrants go. However, like the Pharaoh of Egypt, chief minister Yeddyurappa was compelled to let them go. Many desperate workers said they are keen on returning due to difficult survival conditions. They are also concerned about the well-being of their families back home and are apprehensive and unsure about their own fates. The economic cost of the pandemic also had badly hit the people with a sharp increase in fuel prices. To add to the woes of the people, the centre and state government have announced higher taxes on fuel. 

 

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