India is currently battling the COVID-19 situation which recently took a hike since March, of 2021. India has recorded over 3.57 lakh new Covid cases within 24 hours. Over 3.8 lakh cases are currently active and 1.66 crore people have recovered after testing positive. With 3,449 deaths, the toll is now over 2.22 lakh.
On the evening of 24th March 2020, the Government of India under Prime Minister Narendra Modi ordered a nationwide lockdown for 21 days, limiting the movement of the entire 1.38 billion (138 crores) population of India as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 pandemic in India.
The lockdown started with a series of curfew and relaxations. The Janata curfew was the beginning of the lockdown. It was a 14-hour curfew on 22 March 2020 (from 7 am to 9 pm). Every person was required to obey the curfew, with exceptions for people of "essential services" such as police, medical services, media, home delivery professionals, and firefighters.Then, on March 25th, India saw the large-scale movement of the urban poor as they headed for their homes in rural areas. Mass movement by migrants lasted for few weeks. Bollywood actor Sonu Sood came forward to arrange transportation for migrant workers.
From 4th May 2020, the lockdown was eased with several relaxations in all zones as per the Ministry of Home Affairs guidelines. As part of Unlock 2.0 in July, most activities are permitted outside of the containment zone, except educational institutions, International air travel, places of recreation, and large gatherings of any kind.
There were a total of 6 phases of the unlocking process which began from unlock 1.0 from 1-30 June 2020 to Unlock 6.0 from 1st to 30th November 2020. The effectiveness of lockdown was breached on multiple occasions and not heeding to social distancing by crowding in vegetable markets, temples during Ram Navami festival and on multiple instances, people were arrested for defying lockdown guidelines and organizing events.
It's been more than a year now and the people are frustrated with the pandemic, tired of staying at home, wearing masks, and maintaining social distancing. Social media nowadays is used to vent out frustration about how their lives are getting impacted because some guy drank bat soup. How badly people miss going out and living the normal life, what they don't see is that which is more important in the current situation of being as cautious as possible.
Since the hike in COVID-19 cases from the last week of March 2021, the pandemic in India has taken a very bad turn. Beds are not available, health care facilities are not enough, oxygen shortage in India is at an all time high in the second wave of COVID pandemic, more than 3 lakh people are added to the list of infected people and it is claiming more than two thousand lives daily. The unavailability of oxygen is a major factor for deaths this time. Medical Services are trying their best to fight against this pandemic and sadly people are just tired of wearing masks and being cautious.
On 26th April 2021, District Magistrate and Collector Shailesh Kumar Yadav caught people in two marriage halls in Agartala recently amidst the night curfew imposed to curb the alarming rise in Covid-19 cases. Yadav earlier apologized for disrupting the marriage ceremony during the raid on April 26. The wedding was stopped over the alleged violations of the 10 pm night curfew in times of COVID crisis. On being asked why the wedding was extended after 10 pm the bride's mother said, "You know how weddings are, the muhurat was for 11:30 pm, so we were all there."
While this incident took place in Tripura I was at my house. My house is near a school ground which once in a while allows people to conduct public gathering and functions. Unfortunately, while I was reading about the incident an event was being conducted and I was stunned to notice how can people be so careless. I observed a few of the caterers were not maintaining proper protocols of wearing masks and carrying hand sanitizer. With the current curfew rules, no event or public gatherings should extend after 10 pm and yet it extended till 12.
Is it just me or perhaps people have just stopped being cautious as they were before. Various social media platforms are filled these days with posts regarding leads about beds and oxygen availability. Is it that necessary to go out for some public gathering and meeting up with friends and family? Is it that important even after what is going on? If people themselves are not cautious. Doctors and the whole health care system of India are working 24/7 and unable to meet their loved ones for weeks since they are giving their best and defending India and we are tired of wearing a mask and being cautious.
A complete year has passed since the lockdown in India began. Last year around November and December things were in control and if we together don't give our best and be more cautious then it will take a long time for normalcy to return.
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