With Corona cases elevating to highest rates all around the world, India today set a record of 80,000 cases in a single day. In these times, a proposal from the Delhi government to reopen Metro services in September left many stunned.
The country underwent a transition from a nation-wide lockdown to phases of Unlock (currently Unlock 4.0) on June 09, 2020, and has shown no signs of slowing down ever since. With people taking the liberty to extend these measures, taken with an aim to revive the shrinking economy, they can be seen at various street food joints and local restaurants with little or no measures for sanitization.
Social distancing is severely compromised in many social gatherings, flooded with people where half the number has been permitted. With little heed paid to the severity of the pandemic, resulting in total deaths of 64,469 to this day, the pace at which India is reopening comes out as a threat. In light of the data provided by WHO, many are left questioning the government’s decision to carry on with reopening monuments like the Taj Mahal and food chains like McDonald’s where more crowd can be seen than should be allowed to keep safety in mind. The question still lays will the economic relief do justice to the expectations as thousands of lives are put at stake?