COVID-19 – The lockdown extends, Situation till April 30,
NEW DELHI: The fight against Covid-19 will be more aggressive in the extended lockdown with drones taking body temperatures from a distance of 20 metres; a few cities will be divided into three zones to be identified by colours that will bifurcate the intensity of the infection; the proposal to have a ‘lock-in’ period for some manufacturing industries in which the workers will maintain social distance while working and will stay back in the office till the lock-in period is over. All these measures and those prevalent already will hammer the new ‘mantra’ of PM Narendra Modi, ‘Jaan hai toh Jahan Hai’.
The extended lockdown is the result of non-compliance of social distancing and non-disclosure of travel summary of many of the virus-infected Jammaitis who escaped from the markaz in Nizammudin here and mingled with others as far as West Bengal and Bihar spreading the infection. The 15-day lockdown will also give a better picture of the containment. The research at the Michigan University indicate that India will have good news till April 30 that the fight against the virus is being well tided over.
Most of the super-spreaders evaded corona warriors till they were holed out of the police from houses and mosques and subsequently quarantined. Concealing information on their movements was a difficult task for the Indian police to track them down and quarantine them along with people whom they had associated.
News Disk is the first news portal on the internet to have pointed out the non maintenance of social distancing at the various whole-sale vegetable markets in Delhi. The impact of the story was that the government has now constructed disinfectant tunnels at the entry of the major whole-sale markets in Delhi. The news channel, India Tv, on Friday carried a story of social distancing going for a toss at different wholesale vegetable market including that of Mumbai, Patna and Ghaziabad.
But what has come as a shocker that a fight between the civil defence staff and home shelter inmates at Kashmiri gate in Delhi ended in the shelters being torched by miscreants. The police swung into actions and the fire brigade pressed atleast 10 of its tenders to control the fire.
The gradual rise in the COVID-19 cases in the country is because of the non-disclosure of the travel history of people coming from abroad and domestic. There was no heed to the clarion call given by the government not to hide their travel summary if they had come to India from any of the international destinations which included United States, Spain, France, Indonesia, Singapore, China, Iran and so on.
The early lockdown and thermal screening at the airports and some major railway stations in India had blunted the spread of the virus. Then the incident of Nizammudin markez jammaiti came as a shocker and some of them who had escaped to their destinations proved to be super-spreaders of the virus. The official reports coming in say that most of the jammaitis had hidden in the local mosques and when they were forced out resulted in stone pelting a violence at certain places.
The consensus of the various 30 State Chief Ministers in their formal meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on April 11 was for the extension of the lockout which they thought was essential to contain the spread of the virus. ‘Jaan hai toh Jahan Hai’ Had the lockdown not imposed, the number of COVID-19 cases would have risen to 8,20,000 by April 15.
The most difficult task for the police of the country was to track down the jammaitis and the people who came in contact with them. The police has been successful in tracing over 150 jammaitis from different places in India but the unfinished task is still enormous.
This is also a fact that cooperation by the people have prevented the virus from spreading like wild fire. Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, of WHO is also of the opinion that early lockdown in India and the immaculate work of the Health Services staff has contained the spread.
While the philanthropists, the NGOs and government machinery is working overtime to distribute basic food to the daily wagers and others who have lost their livelihood in Delhi, the police has swung into action for the last 10 days to monitor social distancing among those coming for meal-collection.
Delhi looks more silent as the days of the lockdown increase and the helpless state of the bubbling city stares at the fear that is looming large over the city. The police, the doctors, the civic services staff are doing their duty relentlessly and are determined that they have to fight the virus and defeat is also.