Next 21 days, as we slowly distance ourselves from an all out spread, there’s another disaster lurking behind this pandemic.
Economy of any nation, when brought to a screeching halt, will have massive and far reaching consequences none of which can be good.
But AFAIK, there wasn’t much of an option. The way this virus has spread in other countries which didn’t follow a complete lockdown, it appears prudent what India is doing today.
God forbid, a nation burdened with a health disaster going out of hands would have crippled the economy worse than what we’re going to have now. At least, in the next 21 days, we’d have taken a decisive action against this pandemic and can live to rebuild our economy thereafter.
For now, the govt and the community will have to ensure that no one is starved for any basic needs. Everything is shallow and meaningless when a man has to sleep hungry.
Once this is all over, it’ll be our, teh common man’s burden, to take things back from where we left them. An uphill task, but again – one that’s not optional.
Prime Minister Modi said that these steps are essential to ensure that the country remains protected from the pandemic. He added that it is well established that coronavirus patients remain asymptomatic for several days and pointed out the exponential nature of its spread.
While acknowledging that this lockdown will result in a huge economic impact on the country but stressed that the lives and welfare of Indian citizens are paramount.
He started the speech by thanking all Indian citizens for making the Janata Curfew a success. He said that all Indians came together to make sure that the exercise was a success.
He added that the threat of the coronavirus pandemic is such that even developed nations are struggling to contain its spread. He said that based on research by health officials, the best way to stop the spread of the virus is to maintain social distancing and self-isolation.
He said that such isolation is imperative to ensure that the vicious infection cycle is broken. While condemning those who are not following social distancing, the Prime Minister said that India and its citizens are at a risk of paying a heavy price for the irresponsible actions of a few.
Prime Minister Modi also asked people to draw a Lakshman Rekha outside one’s house and not step out for three weeks to minimise the effect of the pandemic.
He urged all Indians to spare a thought and pray for all those who are risking their lives to battle the epidemics like – doctors, nurses, paramedical personnel, ambulance drivers and janitors.
He also urged people to spare a thought for police and even media personnel who are tirelessly working to report accurate and important information.
He assured that all efforts are being made to ensure that supply of essential goods are not disrupted.
There is no need to panic, the following will operate as normal:
~Hospitals and all related medical establishments
~Ration shops (Food, vegetables, groceries, fruits, milk)
~Print & Electronic Media
~Banks & ATMs