In continuation of the upward trend in the number of cases, India recorded it’s highest number of new COVID-19 infections at 8380 with Maharashtra again clocking in 2500 new cases. After a day of record recovery of 11,000 patients, yesterday was another glum day for the national effort in fighting COVID-19. With the hospitals overflowing with new cases, the disease seems to be here to say for at least 2-3 months. In this backdrop, the nation is slowly being ushered on to the path of opening up.
In PM Modi’s Mann ki Baat, the road map for the general exit from the cordon sanitaire imposed upon the nation in form of the lock down will be gradually opened up. The highest number of relaxation shall be seen in non-containment zones which have not recorded or have recorded very few cases. The first to open up are religious places, followed up by malls and other commercial spaces.
Although, the relaxation seem sweeping, a word of caution has been applied with the entire exercise. Social distancing measure are to stay in place under every circumstance. In view of how the infection is still raging with its full force in the worst affected areas, there is always a chance of spillover and a dangerous second wave.