India at 499 COVID-19 cases. Dear lockdown violators, do you even care?
Before we begin, let’s rewind our lives a little bit and try to recollect one national lockdown in our lives. A lockdown where all major districts were needed to shut all its businesses, educational institutions, public & private firms, etc, risking losses and asking people to stay at home. Ever happened? No. This is not the first health crisis India has ever faced. We’ve seen Nipah & Zika viruses haunting the lives of several in India. But, we’ve battled those and never halted our lives for that. So, This time over, when the Indian government is enforcing lockdowns, we must understand the seriousness of it all. Coronavirus is spreading like a wildfire. It’s termed as a Pandemic, yet few of us think they are immune to it. They are loitering around the streets as if its just another national holiday. On March 22, 2020, where the nation was under Janta Curfew, few people took it as a celebration of some sort and rallied on streets. Few were seen chanting, Go Corona, Go! A quick reality check here, Corona can’t hear us. It’s not going to leave because few of us asked it to leave in a mass gathering. And, then some people wanted to see how the city looks during a lockdown. Lockdown violations are happening all over India and the people responsible are not just the uninformed sections of society, it’s also the urban & educated.
Recently in Mysore, a man who returned from Australia who was later sealed for home quarantine was seen roaming around the city and was arrested. Telangana Railway police have booked five passengers, who’ve violated the government”s orders by using public transport. Telangana police have seized 2480 vehicles for violating the curfew. In Kerala, 10 traders were booked for opening their shops. A man affected by virus broke home quarantine and met people at public events, weddings and a football match. Similar incidents of violation of lockdown restrictions were reported from Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Guntur, and Kurnool in Andhra Pradesh. This sheer negligence is costing us. India has seen a rise in positive cases with a total of 499 after 30 fresh cases were reported, and killed 10, according to Health Ministry data.
We can only combat this if people show respect for government efforts. If they value the services of thousands of doctors who are risking their lives to treat infected patients. If they honor the services of the police force who are put on streets for surveillance irrespective of having risks of infection. If you are young and think you will get over it even if you get infected. At this stage, it’s not about you. It’s about others who you are placing at risk. You are being unfair to old people and children who are susceptible to COVID-19 and have lower chances of survival. We cheer for Team India during Cricket matches, showcase our love for our country, fight with people who are on the opposite team. During a Cricket match, we are not the ones playing, we are just cheering. Patriotism is easy when you are not the one carrying the burden of responsibilities. This time the burden is on us. If we truly love our country, and consider-‘All Indians are my brothers & sisters’, then we would be responsible citizens & stay at home. So, please India, stay safe, stay home!