India has reported over 70,000 Coronavirus positive cases as of 12th May. The numbers have been rising exponentially. Nation is already in Lockdown 3.0 and the virus is yet to be controlled. However, will it be wise to call for nationwide lockdown again after 17th May when over 70% of the COVID-19 are coming from just 4 states?
India is a federal union comprising of 28 states and 8 union territories. Most of the states have been able to control the spread of Coronavirus after the active partnership between the state government and its citizen. However, four states of Maharashtra, Gujarat, Delhi and Tamil Nadu have almost failed in controlling the spread of virus in the state. Out of 70,000 positive cases in the country, these four states contribute over 47000 cases which is around 70% of total cases in the country. Added to it two cities that is Mumbai and Ahmedabad has reported around 20000 cases together.
On 11th May, Prime Minister Narendra Modi conducted a meeting with Chief Ministers of Indian states. Most of the CM’s voiced for the strategic withdrawal of lockdown while the states of West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Telangana and Punjab requested for the extension of lockdown after 17th May. After 54-days of lockdown, India has performed extremely well in handling the pandemic in comparison to the developed as well as developing countries of the world. Gradually economic activities have started to pick up in many parts of country. However, the main success of India will depend upon keeping the pandemic out of the rural areas of country. Now, instead of Central government, states should be given power to decide on extension of lockdown in their respective states. It must be noted that though the cases of Coronavirus positive in India has breached 70000 mark, there has been exponetial rise in recovery rates. Till date over there has been over 22000 recovery in the nation. which is over 30% of the total reported cases.
Coronavirus cases in India have risen but it must be noted that rising numbers of cases is directly proportional to the increase in number of cases. From 2000 tests per day in March to 90000 tests per day, India has to a greater extent successfully led the fight against COVID-19. Barring few states, most of the states have been able to successfully bring the spread of Coronavirus under control. After 17th of May, barring few states, India may not enter in the 4th stage of Lockdown. However, if it does, the nation may be staring bigger economic collapse. The future of 1.3 billion population may be put at stake if the lockdown is extended once again.