Recently the director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) was clear in what he had to say. Mincing no words he clearly said that ‘ June-July’ would be the peak of Covid-19 in India. Horrifying. Extremely horrifying.
It seems that our entire socio-economic cycle is in doldrums when the virus is just doing warm ups. One wonders and everyone is forced to ask the question: what would happen when we hit the peak? How would we sustain the peak when we are trembling when the virus is just, shall we say, in its ‘infancy’ stage?
Just a few days back we have been consistently hitting 3000 positive cases per day and then on Sunday we hit the number of 4000 positive cases in a day. Worrisome. Extremely worrisome. The rate at which the cases are doubling is also speeding up. All this is coinciding with the easing out of restrictions in almost every city and town in India. One wonders whether the opening of liquor shops at such a critical junction was a wise idea or not. One could see crowds of people jostling for space in front of liquor shops and people stocked up liquor heavily thinking it might be a lockdown again.
It might very well be. With the number of cases increasing with such rapid pace one wonders if another stricter version of lockdown is just some days away.
With the WHO ambassador to India corroborating AIIMS director’s statement we can only imagine what the scene would be in June and July. At this critical junction we are hearing that railways and civil aviation may start functioning again. It would in no way be a wise decision at all. We need to wait it out.