It is almost a year since India witnessed its first nationwide lockdown, and even today, we have not achieved 100% immunity from the invisible enemy (COVID-19 virus). Not only India but the whole world has come to a standstill in front of this deadly virus. But thanks to hard work done by the doctors and researchers, the wait for the vaccine has gone, making the situation come to normal.
Although the vaccination drive has kicked off, reaching every individual is not painless. Also, fear in the minds of the citizens has developed; which vaccine is safe and when and how and who can take it. Even after the debut of the vaccine, the situation does not seem to be calm.
Almost every country either had or is having COVID-19’s second wave. As far as India’s situation is concerned, a second wave might be one step away. It was not calm before, the situation in India was precarious, but we are moving backwards to the same position as cases have started to increase drastically.
Lack of fear regarding the virus, not following social distancing, inappropriate wearing or not wearing a mask, engagement in crowded places, and not taking prescribed caution has increased COVID-19 cases. It has also developed the same fear we had exactly a year ago.
In order to curb such unhealthy behaviour, authorities of various states have commenced taking tough actions against the ones violating the norms. But still, some contravene it deliberately.
Slowly, all businesses are coming on track; workplaces are moving from work from home to offices and restrictions for travelling either by air or rail are being removed slowly. These are some factors that have contributed to the comeback of the COVID-19 virus more vigorously.
With the outset of businesses, markets have become crowded, adding to the danger of contracting the virus more effortlessly. Travelling by public transport, especially by train or bus, is more alarming. Another obvious reason for the COVID-19 virus to make a comeback in India is that the people have become lethargic in following safety measures as prescribed.
Wearing a face mask below the nose has become a trend. People have become reluctant to wear a mask, even in jam-packed places.
The Metropolitan city of India, Mumbai, is again at risk of a lockdown. The State Government has taken many steps to bring the situation under control but is failing awfully due to the people’s infirm behaviour.
Observing the current situation, it can only be concluded that if cases continue to keep booming at a similar pace, India will be under lockdown soon, again.