By Dikhya Mohanty
“Stay Home” “Stay Safe”, that’s what we are hearing and following for the past four months now. But does this lockdown and the complete shutdown is working to contain the swelling cases!
Even before unlocking 1.0, the Odisha Government allowed the retailer shops to be opened as the small– scale business was drastically hindered and the daily life should be sustained for survival.
But the decision was like an upside-down, as the crowd on the road was back again. Although wearing mask and somehow social distancing procedure were maintained but the cases seem too raised even after such restrictions.
Now with the total number of COVID-19 cases has touched 9070 with 469 fresh cases being reported from 20 districts in the last 24 hours. Cuttack’s COVID-19 tally surged to 116, including 92 active cases.
To this alarming situation, the Odisha government on 4th July announced a complete shutdown until 8th July. All non-essential shops will be closed and non- essential travel prohibited, the Cuttack Municipal Corporation (CMC) notified. Grocery, vegetable, and milk shops can remain open from 5 am to 6 pm, while strictly adhering to COVID-19 safety protocols.
But the big question lies if this lockdown and shutdown are helping out to tackle this virus situation as we are witnessing the escalating number of cases daily.
India’s lockdown has been the gruffest in the world made worse by the fact that it was accompanied by little planning and foresight. Not only does this cause enormous human suffering and losses but this has become the most questionable situation for each and every one.
It is now increasingly becoming apparent that the fight against Coronavirus will be measured in years, not months.
In such a scenario, the Government should come up with restricted rules and regulations to control the situations rather than easing the restrictions, and then when the number rises again the old rules are been followed creating a panic and chaos situation all over again.