Report By: Nandika Chand | Last Updated June 12, 2020
In the last 24 hours, India recorded over 10,000 new COVID-19 cases for the first time and 394 deaths. Now, there are 297,535 cases across the country with a death toll of 8,498. Metropolitian cities of Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi have been the worst-hit and lack of health infrastructure adds to the pandemic.
Experts have urged the masses to take extra care as a second wave of infections is underway and this will be stronger than the first one. Globally, COVID-19 cases stands at 7,514,475 with a worldwide death toll of 421,456. India has surpassed the United Kingdom to become the world’s fourth worst affected country, following another new daily record.
The extended nationwide lockdown, the world’s harshest may have helped curb the number of infections to some extent. The lockdown displayed the government’s lack of compassion for its working class, especially the migrant labourers. The PMCARES Fund was setup and the country’s richest contributed millions and billions for what cause, no one knows. If a rich man or celebrity didn’t contribute into this fund, they were labeled an anti-national and outcast by the self-proclaimed nationalists. Meanwhile, the hospitals and frontline workers struggled to contain COVID-19 without personal protective equipment (PPE).
The surge in COVID-19 cases in India was bound to happen. Experts have also warned that a re-surge in the number of cases in the coming weeks is inevitable. And this will be attributed to awakening of COVID-19 after breeding period, easing of restrictions, change in weather patterns and the inherent nature of pandemics. Moreover, it cannot be denied that India put the responsibility of containing the outbreak on its citizens, instead of instituting a robust official support system. The common men were left to fend for themselves. They were battered with economic constraints, joblessness and overworked and under-structured healthcare system. Furthermore, it erupted into a communal pandemic with a minority group being blamed for the spread. A financial aid package was announced but only for MSMEs and business class. The middle class and poor left to fend for themselves.
Now with COVID-19 cases nearing the 3 lakh mark, the government has to think about the common man. Policy makers and experts from every sector have to be drawn in for a effective and efficient roadmap.