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Not the time to throw caution to the winds

Amid the rising coronavirus Covid-19 cases in India, Prime Minister NarendraModi addressed the nation on Tuesday (October 20) and said that is not the time to take the Covid-19 pandemic lightly during the upcoming festive season.

In his 12-minute-long address to the nation, PM Modi asked people to be careful as Covid-19 has not ended, adding that "lockdown may have ended but the virus is still there". If you are careless and moving around without a mask, you are putting yourself, children, and the elderly at risk. This is not time to be careless or to believe that Covid-19 has ended. We must keep in mind that lockdown may have ended but the virus is still there. This is what PM Modi said and it should resonate with every Indian. He reiterated the need for social distancing, hand washing and wearing masks.

There are many reasons why Indians should not take PM Modi’s warning lightly. With the festive season around the corner, Kerala’s Onam spike should be on everyone’s minds. Kerala, which had initially done well to contain the spread of Covid-19, witnessed a massive surge in Covid-19 cases after Onam celebrations in August.

Despite this, states across the country are not showing any interest in strict restrictions and stop people from venturing out during the peak holiday season apart from West Bengal. The Calcutta High Court has barred visitors from pandals given the “uncontrollable” rise in Covid-19 cases. Only members of the puja committees and priests will be allowed into their respective pandals.

Another deterrent is the projection that 50% of the Indian population likely to be infected by Feb 2021. Experts have warned that around 50% of Indians would be infected with Covid-19 by February 2021.

And let us not forget. Things can get worse faster than they are getting better. It is to be noted that India recorded the highest number of daily cases in the world for more than two months after the number of infections started dropping few days ago. The US has once again reclaimed the top spot when it comes to daily coronavirus cases. We must remember, whether it is America or Europe, cases declined and then there was sudden spike.

But the biggest cause for concern should be the fact that a Covid-19 vaccine is yet to hit the market. Scientists across the globe are trying their best to develop a vaccine, and scientists in India have also been working hard in this regard. But this would be a long time waiting. And questions remain on whether the vaccine will reach each and every Indian before it is too late. Certainly, carelessness can undo the improvements on the corona front.

Sikkim at a Glance

  • Area: 7096 Sq Kms
  • Capital: Gangtok
  • Altitude: 5,840 ft
  • Population: 6.10 Lakhs
  • Topography: Hilly terrain elevation from 600 to over 28,509 ft above sea level
  • Climate:
  • Summer: Min- 13°C - Max 21°C
  • Winter: Min- 0.48°C - Max 13°C
  • Rainfall: 325 cms per annum
  • Language Spoken: Nepali, Bhutia, Lepcha, Tibetan, English, Hindi