The need for Kovid control has never been more pressing. Now that the state election frenzy is over, our leaders must focus their attention and energy on the war against Kovid. The second wave of India has not yet reached its peak, it is not clear when it will happen, and variations of the virus pose a threat of extinction. Sirens very often make people accustomed to air hazards and lose their ability, especially in the case of an invisible enemy. However, there comes a time when the alarm needs to be extended. It’s like that. The intensity of this wave is in stark contrast to the sensitivity of public behavior, especially compared to the national mood at the start of the epidemic last March. Many reasons for this have been identified and pointed fingers. Unaware of April’s resurgence, the center has appeared to be somewhat defensive in recent weeks. But the past is only a prelude. It may be time again to take the center stage to Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is not parallel to our country and warn the people about the consequences of the actions taken in the verdict. Other politicians, whether in opposition or not, should chip in to reinforce the message.
Through one school of thought, another All India lockdown is in order. Lately, business leaders have softened their opposition to the idea. Uday Kotak, president of the Confederation of Indian Industry, called for tougher sanctions. Leading health professionals such as US epidemiologist Anthony Fauzi and Randeep Guleria, director of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, have called for a complete shutdown. However, it also helps to flatten our Kovid curve if it is strictly enforced and the real trade liberation in a country suffering from sudden income deficit starvation is complicated and worrying. Its disproportionate effects can be seen in hotspots imposed by curfews. Since this is the case, the subtle rule that the ‘positivity rate’ of the local area should be locked only if the Kovid tests exceed 15% seems appropriate. Such decisions should not be over-emphasized, however, for fear of business disruption. This concern remains from our experience last year, when the mobility freeze and supply-chain snap-offs took a huge financial toll. The danger of destruction that we currently face is relatively obvious. Today, the human resources of companies are becoming infected. If Kovid continues his devastation in our big commercial centers, our economy could be scarred in the years to come.
We have mixed signs of economic recovery from last year’s contraction. At Over ₹1.4 trillion, our goods and services tax record collections in April, but also saw 7.35 million job losses in the Kovid-hit month, through data from the Center for Monitoring the Indian Economy, and a 31% decline in e-way billing of freight by road Index. It is clear that we need to reduce our path to normalcy if the economy is to roar back. Until the vaccine is proven to be effective in achieving vaccines, and the vaccine contraction must also be addressed, we can rely on how we behave. We cannot expect the sound and angry propaganda of our political sector. But surely, our leaders can throw their throats across the earth. Modi himself can lead the effort, although his administration is working on various action plans, others have also joined. It was a crisis once a century, risking lives. Politics has to wait, because there is no virus.