Lockdowns are neither permanent nor are they perfect

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Extending the lockdown is the easy part and the Indian government has resorted to it with some modifications. The world’s largest lockdown has been extended for the fourth time in India while Europe is slowly trying to emerge out of life indoors. Living with lockdowns is untenable and the world is coming round to living with the coronavirus and not just conquering it.

The virus will be with humans for a while and the idea is to allow health systems the time to cope and not be overwhelmed by the number of cases. Europe struggled to bring the situation under control for three months.

March, April and early May were critical when the virus raged through the spring. Summer has brought some respite but cases are rising in the Middle East and South Asia. Predictions have gone haywire but it is clear that lockdowns cannot be a permanent fixture. People must move out, business industry should restart for people to make a living and feed their families.

India’s lockdown in late March was timely, yet cases have risen to over 90,000. Recoveries are up at 35 per cent which is a positive. Some states have contained the pandemic well while others have fallen short, a clear area of concern.

Extending the lockdown is the easy part and the Indian government has resorted to it with some modifications. The state must focus on the welfare of the poorest, the sick and the homeless. India’s elitist approach to the lockdowns has led to this migrant crisis. Unless the vulnerable are helped with funds and cared for, the state would have failed in its duty to provide and protect.

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