The pandemic caused by the outbreak of thenovel coronavirus virus, COVID-19 brought the world to a halt, every step of what the Indian government is doing to prevent the spread of the virus is closely watched and criticized. The development of the show started inmid-Novemberin,Wuhan, China, and in December, the Chinese government was trying to figure out what was causing a peculiar form of pneumonia.
During the very initial phase of Coronavirus outbreak in the Chinese province, Wuhan from where the virus is originated, the Chinese kept travelling to different cities in the world while carrying COVID-19 virus with them. By February, the virus had spread in all over the world, and it affected Europe and the United States of America pretty severely.
Indian also faced this challenge in March when the cases of the virus spread rapidly in the first few weeks and called for an urgent lockdown of all the cities and places by 21st March. States and the Central Govt. taken the various steps to control the spread of novel coronavirus,they shut down all the activities, businesses, transport facilities including buses, trains and all the flights, whether domestic or international. All the people with travel histories to the affected countries were quarantined and isolated.
There are many places in India where there have been successful attempts at preventing the outbreak such as the model adopted in a small city of Rajasthan named Bhilwara, where they took the practice of mass testing. The key concept is that in some cases, the patients are asymptomatic and could still spread the virus unaware of their condition. The effects of not taking mass testing are seen in the United States, where the number of people infected with the disease and the number of deaths is skyrocketing.
Here are some reasons why coronavirus cases in India have spread rapidly:
1. Complete Lockdown Ignorance:
Before India reported less than 100 coronavirus cases, the Government of India advised the states to deploy lockdown and also requested people to strictly maintain a distance from each other even at home also. As we known that Coronavirus can be transferred from one person to another by merely handshake or through sneeze but still people are not maintaining social-distancing .
One should remember that Coronavirus can enter any living cell and can multiply and people with health issues and old age people with weak immunity are at a higher risk to get the infection. Many states in India have not followed this guidelines, and as a result, more positive cases come in India.
There should be more focus given on social distancing, and the people should follow the government request and help each other. Ignorance by not wearing masks and not applying safety measures like washing hands several times, washing shoes and any grocery supplies from the shops can also lead to bring this unwanted guest into the house!
2. The Recent Tablighi Jamaat controversy:
The recent controversial congregation hosted at Nizammudin, Delhi on 13th March has also played a crucial role in spreading the Coronavirus as more than 3000 people of Islamic origin attended the congregation from all over the world like Malasia, Thailand, and many of them are found positive to Coronavirus! The whole internet is flooded with news that this can be a conspiracy towards making the countrymen weaker and eradicating the population.
TheTablighi Jamaatleader and many are being quarantined and arrested on the grounds of spreading the novel coronavirus disease to 17 states .
3. The Maharastra slum cases/ Acute Poverty:
The people living in slums lead an impoverished lifestyle as they cannot afford a decent living and India has many slum areas where there is a lack of proper sanitation. The poverty rate is very high, thats why the government is also give safety measures to help the deprived section during the lockdown.
As India has experiencing complete lockdown yet, the people have to come in open to carry out their daily duties and are highly susceptible and prone risk to get the disease as they are not following social distancing. As per a recent report, the deceased had died due to Coronavirus in Dharavi and when taken to the hospital, died at Sion hospital. The authorities had to seal the whole area consisting of more than 300 flats and 90 shops. So people with malnutrition and those living in slums with no proper sanitation are also considered as a carrier and transmitter of Coronavirus.
This type of case can be found in many areas where there is a lack of knowledge and scarcity of living a normal in India as these places are highly contaminated and may contain traces of Coronavirus, and many could be a possible carrier.
4. Health and Environment problems :
Climatic conditions play a significant role in transmitting the COVID-19 as rains may bring more sorrows this time, and severe floods can make the scene even worse! It is being assumed that SARS COV-2 may become a viral disease in the future and may reoccur from time to time even if the government can lessen its spread, as there is no proper medication or vaccine available for its cure. Though India is exporting hydroxychloroquine to more than 55 countries and that is good news in itself yet there no total cure measures to bang on.
According to World Heath Organisation(WHO) reports, if the lockdown was not observed this effectively, many thousands of lives were at stake. But the condition is not yet in control as the medical facilities are not very good. Still, many states haven’t received masks and other medical equipment which are essential for medical officials, ground staff and police officials on duty. The delay in medical kits can also be one of the factors.
5. Water Supply and proper sanitization, sewage :
There is still a long measure to be taken to eradicate this infectious disease as at present the water supply may be one of the prime factors to spread this viral infection as the water supply is impure and contaminated in most of the small towns and villages. Lack of proper sewage management can also lead to high risk as like other SARS viruses; this novel COVID-19 can also create a considerable discord from time to time, killing many people.
So, the government has to take steps in these areas as well, and more medical help and supplies should be made available to everyone to reduce the spread of Coronavirus. The fight has begun, and we have to be well equipped to survive and make this unseen killer die. Proper vaccinations and drugs are there for some hope the world is in need today. We wish India and the world will find a solution soon in the future.