The Prime Minister has told all states in India that India’s response to the threat of COVID-19 has not been fully satisfactory. There is every chance of a second wave of cases hitting the masses.
Testing, tracing, isolation and quarantine over the next few weeks is to be followed and dedicated hospital facilities for Covid-19 patients need to be running on full preparedness.
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$1 billion was sanctioned to India by the World Bank for a Covid-19 Emergency Response measures.
Trains and domestic flights are planning to resume after April 14, sticking to the initial exit date.
Resumption of international flights will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
India’s administrative and healthcare system needs to be lauded though, as it has definitely managed to slow down and contain the spread of the infection vis-à-vis other global cities, for a country of its size and dense population. However, with reports of lockdown violations making the news, considerable challenges still persist.
The planning for the next 2 months will strongly depend on our response, Government and citizenry alike. There is still an opportunity to stop the pandemic from reaching proportions seen in regions like New York, although Mumbai is seeing some worrying trends.
The following actions remain critical to effectively fight the pandemic at this stage:
- Rapidly identifying and isolating cases.
- Extending the exit date by another two weeks minimum, which is bound to happen the way things are going
- Easing critical care infrastructure requirements across cities in May, to stagger the exit in stages
- Lastly the most important thing that needs to be done, is by us the citizens. We cannot expect the government to help if society at large does not do its part.
- Maintaining increased social distancing by people till well after the exit date, working from home, not taking part in non-essential travel etc etc.
We need to do our bit, just as our government is.
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