I wonder if we can throttle back on some of the restrictions. It seems our brand of the lockdown is more extensive than Cheen or Italy (which had to mimic Cheen once infections were out of control.) Those countries never completely shutdown transportation.https://qz.com/india/1828915/indias-coronavirus-lockdown-harsher-than-china-italy-pakistan/
Alok Gupta, an Indian working in Beijing, said that the China lockdown was less drastic than the one India has instituted. “Unlike India, in Beijing, buses ran,” explained Gupta. “Cabs were made to run after the first week with a plastic sheet between the passenger and the driver. Domestic flights and trains were only barred from some provinces, not all.”
After China, the next country that saw a rapid rise in cases was Italy. Copying China, the European country also instituted a lockdown. While the lockdown covered all of Italy, it was not as drastic as India’s. For one, it was imposed in stages. The first quarantine measure was imposed on February 21 in a region in the north and covered only 50,000 people. It was only on March 9 that the lockdown was extended nationally.
Even, then, though Italy did not impose restrictions as harsh as India’s. “Unlike India, here public transport was never shut down completely,” explained Neelini Sarkar an Indian citizen who lives in Milan, a hotspot for the Italian outbreak.
Italy has, instead, instituted a pass system where people can take a bus or a flight depending on need. This is starkly different from India where all transport, within or between cities, stands shut. This is in spite of the fact that, as of March 28, Italy had 9,134 Covid-19 deaths compared to India’s 19.
Maybe we need to go hard in the initial 21 days. But India needs to adapt a bit in the following days. I am worried we are doing damages above and beyond what ever the worst hit countries are doing. The masses of migrants and the lathi videos are affecting me maybe but I think we cannot continue this kind of lockdown with serious damage to the people and economy. We need to allow some loosening.