Everything in life was going normal. Just like “Business as Usual.” Morning to evening and till night. Every day was like a fight. Weekend was one which we used to like and wait. As it was a formal way to take a break. Exploring nearby and far places in the vicinity. Provided a way to find serenity. Going out was a normal course of business. Be it for work, tea/kulhar or tapri tea, shopping or movie. Our face used to thrill with positive expression.
The freedom of roaming here and there no more lasts. As the world suddenly suffered the “Corona” blast. Weather of world has changed in startled way and direction. Work from home and social distancing is the new evolution. Life is no more “usual” now. Surviving in this pandemic is the priority now. We don’t know how much it will last. As the world is suffering from the “Corona” blast. Life is no more “business as usual.” As life has changed suddenly from “usual to unusual”. As life has changed suddenly from “usual to unusual”.
कोरोना के इस काल में …
ज़िन्दगी तबाह हो रही पर कब तक, ये पता नहीं।
कितनी दूर तलक जाएगी ये त्रासदी, मालूम नहीं।
बस यही कहना चाहता हूँ …
धीरज धार , खुद पे विश्वास रख।
ये दिन भी कटेंगे , हम जीतेंगे और जीतकर बाहर आएंगे।
हम फिर से एक बार मुस्कुरायेंगे।
हम फिर से एक बार मुस्कुरायेंगे।
As the world is facing the serious issue of Corona virus and most of the countries have imposed nationwide lock down, the number of cases of this pandemic seems unstoppable. The total number of cases of Covid-19 had surpassed 4.5 million and is inching towards 5 million mark. No body knows, when this will come to a halt. Total number of deaths due to Covid-19 is 313,759 (at the time of writing this article) and it may not be unprecedented if deaths increases in near future. It’s rare to see any country free from Corona virus pandemic at this point of time. United States had suffered the most, both in terms of number of cases and deaths. In fact, the total number of cases in US had surpassed 1.5 million and number of deaths had crossed 90,000 mark. Every country is working on in their capacity to have some cure in near future, including the vaccine.
Needless to say, be it small or big county (in terms of population), Covid-19 has compelled the world to “Stand-still, and India is no more exception. India, the 2nd largest country of the world (in terms of population), has been also hit badly due to this Corona virus pandemic. The country is in lock down for almost two months now and it may continue. Lock down 4.0 has been imposed as well and has been extended to 31st May, 2020. Due to large population and population density, the risk of community spread is very high in India, especially in major cities where population density is highest. Mumbai has the largest number of cases in India and the city which never slept and stopped, came to halt. This is the case with all the major cities in India. Most of the services has stopped functioning in India except the essential services due to Covid-19. As of now, the total number of Covid-19 cases in India is over 91,000. The increase in number of cases in recent days is a matter to worry. The first case in India was reported on 30th January, 2020 from Kerala. There were 62 cases on 10th March and 1251 cases on 30th March. The current tally stands at 91,449 (at the time of writing this article). Let’s look at the number of cases and deaths in India.
Table: Total No of Corona Cases and deaths in India as on selective dates
Look at the above figures carefully, the number of cases and deaths have more than doubled from 1st May to 16th May 2020. There were 4,864 new cases reported on 16th May, the highest number of cases reported in a day so far. Although, India has a good recovery rate so far as compared to other countries, due to proactive lock down and other steps taken by the government. But, the above figures are matter of concern as the total number of cases in inching towards 100,000.
Testing of Covid-19 should be also taken into consideration. As of now (at the time of writing this article), there are 22,27,642 tests have been conducted. The total number of Corona cases comes out to be 4.1% of the total tests conducted. India with over 1.3 billion population, the number of tests conducted so far is not even 0.5% of the total population. Now consider the testing conducted on at least 1% of the total population which comes out to be around 1,30,00,000 and applying the same assumption, the total number of Corona cases comes out to be around 533,000 (4.1% of 1,30,00,000 = 533,000). Similarly, if the tests are conducted for at least 10% of the country’s population, you can imagine the number of cases which comes out to be over 1 million. That’s why it is a matter of concern, considering the fact, India lacks well and proper health infrastructure.
Since this is a pandemic situation and the country had suffered and may suffer serious economic loss post the Covid-19 era. But we don’t know when this will end. As most of the economic activities had stopped, the country Gross Domestic Product (GDP) will fall drastically. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) too had predicted the same. Most of the population of India works in unorganized sector and this sector has been hit the worst. Daily wages labours have no work and they are migrating to their home-town and the saddest part is, they are losing their lives. I am amazed and saddened to hear accidents are happening in this lock down situation (God knows how and why during lock down), killing innocent people. People are dying due to hunger and accidents. Kids are crying in front of dead bodies of their parents and our so-called intellectual leaders are leaving no stone unturned to do politics on it… Sorry to say but that’s the fact…
There are also information coming from many companies that they are doing salary deduction due to Covid-19 situation, be it big corporates or small companies. The salary deduction ranges from 5% to 50%. This is shocking. Employees main source of income is their salary and work from home is in practice right now, then why salary deduction? It is shocking to see that some of the big names who used to give lectures on crisis management doesn’t have enough reserves to pay their employees. It may not be shocking to see high number of lay-offs and termination during or post Corona era.
The other contribution of this Covid-19 is on Stock market. Both Nifty 50 and Sensex fell. Currently, Nifty 50 is trading below 10,000 mark and it is important to note that it touched 7600 mark on 23rd March 2020. Same is the case with Sensex. Sensex is trading below 40,000 and it was trading just below 26,000 on 23rd March 2020 and currently trading just above 30,000. Nifty 50 and Sensex are the two most important stock indexes of India, traded on National Stock Exchange (NSE) and Bombay Stock Exchange (BSE) respectively.
To summarize, some of the Corona Virus contribution includes:
Pandemic situation across the country and world.
Large number of deaths.
Unorganized sector worst hit in India.
Economic activities stopped.
Daily wages labours and their families are badly affected.
Innocent deaths due to accidents and hunger.
Phase-wise lock down.
Stock market down.
It is hard time and we must unite to tackle this situation. Please share your views on what you think on the current Covid-19 situation and what according to you is the contribution of Covid-19 apart from what is mentioned above.
World is under clouds of coming depression. Mankind is currently facing stiff corona situation. The battle between death and survival. Featuring the startling pandemic arrival. Arrival of a deadly disease across the globe. Corona virus has shattered all the hope. Who will survive nobody knows? How many will die we rarely know? Let’s be alert in our day to life. To make Corona die. It’s a pandemic we must realize. Follow the lock-down in order to survive. Being impatient will never serve the corona battle. On the contrary, it won’t allow corona to settle. There are many who carry the “hubris” attitude. It’s time to bury such “debris” attitude. Pandemic occurs rarely but shatters many. Bringing clouds of fear, depression and many. Let’s pray to almighty to normalize the current scenario. Mankind must stand again to bring another portfolio. Awareness, alertness and discipline are required in this pandemic. Everyone should come together and not panic. We can win this battle of corona jointly. This cannot be curbed personally. Some are playing filthy regional and religious politics. They must remember… The virus attacks without caste, creed, region and religion. Everyone should unite… Irrespective of their caste, creed, region and religion.