oppn parties The People Have To Support The Government To Ensure Community Transmission of Coronavirus Is Prevented

News Snippets

  • Supreme Court asks journalists to be responsible and publish only the official version of news after it was brought to its notice that migrant exodus started after the 'fake' news that the lockdown will be extended to three months
  • Small saving rates slashed by the government by 140 basis points
  • The Centre says that the exodus of the migrants was stopped to save villages and prevent community transmission
  • The Centre says March 31 will remain the closing date for FY 2019-2020 and no change will be made for Covid-19 disruption
  • Tablighi Jamaat fiasco puts several states on high alert, attendees and their contacts being traced
  • Stock markets recover on the last day of the financial year, but the sentiment remains weak
  • The government says Covid-19 is still in local transmission stage in India
  • Government scotches rumours of extending the lockdown beyond April14. Says no such plan
  • Centre asks states to give shelter and food to migrant workers to stop them from taking to the streets
  • RBI cuts repo rate by 75 bps, the steepest in 10 years
  • Centre writes to states regarding laxity in monitoring people who had arrived from abroad between January and March
  • Kerala reports a spurt in new cases
  • With 124 fresh cases on Friday, the number of reported cases in India stand at 854
  • Five of a family, including a 9-month-old-baby test positive for Covid-19 in Nadia district in West Bengal on Friday
  • The Pakistani army is reportedly forcibly moving all Covid-19 patients to PoK and Gilgit
Total count crosses 1600 in India with 52 deaths and 146 recoveries on Tuesday, spurt in cases in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu
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The People Have To Support The Government To Ensure Community Transmission of Coronavirus Is Prevented

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2020-03-14 21:30:09

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.

The government is taking all steps to ensure that Covid-19 does not enter the third stage of its transmission. In the first stage, the virus first finds an epicenter and spreads rapidly. Since it is localized, it is comparatively easy to contain, like it appears to have been done in China after the initial blunders. In the second stage, the virus spreads to distant lands as infected people travel outside the epicenter and then they infect others in those countries. If the infection is not discovered in time and corrective action is not taken rapidly, the transmission enters the third, and potentially the most dangerous, stage where community transmission starts and large areas are infected, like it appears to have happened in Europe, more particularly in Italy and some other countries.

India is now battling the spread of the virus in its second stage. Dr. Balram Bhargava, the director-general of Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has said that given the number of positive cases of novel coronavirus that are coming up in India (as also the two deaths already reported), the country has 30 days to halt the progress of Covid-19 from the second stage to the third stage. The Central government and most state governments have taken drastic action, as befits the situation. They have advised organizations against holding mass gatherings. Hence, many sporting events have either been canceled, postponed or will be held in empty stadiums. The Centre has today declared coronavirus a "notified national disaster". Many states have issued directives to shut down schools, colleges, theatres and even malls.

The Centre is publicizing safety and precautionary measures that the public can adopt through the media and is even using mobile service providers to play the message before any call is put through. The visas of all foreign travelers have been canceled for one month. Although it might seem that India is quarantining itself, this measure is necessary as the virus entered India through people who came from infected countries. Hospitals across the country have created separate wards where suspected patients can be kept in isolation. Door to door medical inspection is also being carried out in some cities. Masks and hand sanitizers have been now classified as “essential goods”. But they have disappeared from almost all shops across India as supplies have not kept up with the massive demand. The government must ensure that production is increased and people can buy these essential products.  

But the people will also have to respond positively to the efforts to control the virus. The first requirement is not to panic and follow the precautionary measures religiously. It is reported that the wife of the Google techie who tested positive after returning from honeymoon in Italy escaped from her home in Bengaluru to be with her parents in Agra. She was accosted in Agra and has tested positive for Covid-19. It was a highly irresponsible act on her part. Does she know that she might have passed on the infection to countless others during the journey and also to her parents and other relatives in Agra? Such panic is to be avoided and infected persons must submit to being quarantined in order that the virus does not enter the stage of community transmission.