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With about 8 million cases at the time of writing, India is the second largest country in the world to be affected by COWID. However, in the context of a raging pandemic, the Indians have resumed their work and are ready to forget the pandemic for the festival season. Whether it is the people crowding the markets in Calcutta to celebrate Durga Puja or the people returning to the busy factories in Maharashtra, one of the hardest hit states in the country, almost everything has returned to normal in India.
After the serious isolation of the country, which took place on the 25th. The month of March began and lasted more than two months, with millions of people on the brink of famine. The stress of losing a job and having to stay at home has affected people’s psyche, so the second most populous country in the world has decided that life should go on.
Last week Chennai Kumaran, a popular silk shop, was closed after a viral video showed a crowd breaking the rules of COVID-19. A large number of people were in the store violating all coronavirus protocols. The authorities of the city of Chen were forced to close the shop because there was no social exclusion and hundreds of people with almost different masks were crammed into the shop.
The blockade has exhausted the savings of many families and people have no choice but to go back to work, although COVID estimates show a strong increase in India. The mood, especially among people on a daily income, is either hungry or in the midst of a virus that may or may not infect them.
Even with more than 77 million registered cases, the 89.5% cure rate is higher than in many other countries and the mortality rate is also lower than in many rich countries. Many people who are already infected with the virus and have recovered, are no longer afraid of it and go back to work.
The economic impact of COWID-19 in the country has been largely devastating. According to the Ministry of Statistics, growth in India fell to 3.1% in the fourth quarter of this fiscal year. India had experienced slower growth before the pandemic and the current pandemic has exacerbated the situation. The IMF predicts that the country’s GDP will shrink by 10.3%, the worst decline since India’s independence. According to the Centre for Monitoring of India’s Economy, unemployment in Indian cities rose from 9.7 percent to 25 percent in April. However, the unemployment rate is now gradually falling to 8.5% from September 2020.
Indian cities come back to life after the blockade
When the country entered the blockade, it was a human catastrophe, leaving millions of people unemployed and destitute in the informal economy in almost one night. Today nobody wants to go back to the same situation and with the festival season in full swing, things are back to normal. People go to the markets, settle down, meet their family and friends like there’s no virus.
The Indians are now trying to regain what they once took for granted. Although labour mobility has become almost normal throughout the country, many companies in major Indian cities have institutionalised working from home to ensure business continuity. A strong increase in the use of videoconferencing applications such as Microsoft Teams, Zoom and Google Meet indicates that many organizations have adapted to the new standard.
Most schools in the country still work on an online platform, with the exception of a few states that have been using it since the 15th century. The schools reopened in October, but the turnout is less than 50%.
According to a recent study, experts estimate that India will be able to test the COWID-19 pandemic by February 2021. The coming months will therefore be crucial to see how the pandemic develops and how quickly the demand for goods and services will return to normal.
Although the country is still threatened by the virus, India enters festival mode.
In the eastern city of Calcutta, where Durga Puja is always celebrated with great pomp and circumstance, people are not prepared to miss the fun and this year – the crown or not. The EU Health Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan, said in a recent interview that we can only enjoy the festivities if we are in good health. He stated that it was up to the state governments to decide if they allowed coat pools. During the reign of Navratri, the Government of Maharashtra issued a message that the celebrations of Dandia and Garba Mahotsav would not take place.
Prime Minister Narendra Maudie, in his speech to the nation on 20 March, confirmed the month of October and urged the Indian people to follow all protocols during the celebrations to prevent further spread of this deadly virus, which has already defeated the world economy. During the festivals of Navratri, Durga Puja, Dushehr and Diwali, people tend to get together with family and friends, hold meetings and visit markets. If no action is taken to keep society away and the decision to wear masks is not made, the results can be disastrous.
Indian Daily Covid-19 Cases of infection see Diving
The desire to return to a normal life and the need to survive forced people to go to work. However, without following the protocols of the coronavirus, especially during the festive period, a further increase in the number of cases can be observed in the last 5-6 days after the September peak. In recent days, the number of infections per day has dropped to an average of 50,000, plus the number of cases of 95,000 in September. The 20th. On 10 October, for the first time in almost three months, the number of people infected daily in India fell to less than 50,000; a total of 46,790 cases were reported.
The drop in the number of cases has also brought the number of active cases below 700,000, and experts believe that the peak in India is behind us. However, the increasing pollution in October-November and during major festivals – Durga Puya, Dushehr and Diwali – could lead to a new wave of contamination, as people go to the markets to take advantage of the discounts offered at that time on various products.
The mortality rate in India was also relatively low, about 1.5 percent of the more than 7.8 million cases. This came as a surprise to many who warned that the virus would wreak havoc in overcrowded cities, overburdened by poor sanitation and a collapsing public health system. Some even consider it a probable euphemism. But the nightmare of an accumulation of corpses, witness the Spanish flu of 1918, fortunately did not come true.
Experts advise the government not to let the virus take its course. The public health system must be further developed, because the virus will not disappear so easily – it will remain here for a long time.
Since many people have already recovered from VIDOC-19, it is generally assumed that they will no longer be infected. Although the number of cases of reinfection is low, the risk of reinfection is still high. At least if we assume that something about the disease or its behaviour can be dangerous.
The fact is that many people get tired if they constantly take precautions to prevent infections. Some of them also refused to take precautions for reasons known to them. However, once COVID-19 has been properly implemented and all precautions have been taken, it will take another hour before work can resume.
There is still a long way to go before the economy returns to pre VIDOC levels.
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