06 APR,2020 | MEDC
An unprecedented lockdown has been imposed all over India until April 14. If this was aimed at allaying people’s anxiety at being confined to the house for even longer, it is understandable. But the situation is still grim, and an extension should not be ruled out if the objectives of the current curbs are not achieved over the coming week. We are now facing a public health emergency. No one can deny how costly the disruption is proving to everyone (especially migrant labour) in terms of socioeconomic stress. However, a single populist step at this critical juncture could easily upend all the good work carried out so far by the authorities. As long as human interaction remains dangerous, responsible businesses cannot be conducted as usual. The lockdown should be lifted only when the government is armed with solid scientific data that doing so will not in any way compromise public health.
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