A major report stated that the 11 States/UTs have crossed the peaks of Covid cases in the last 14 days. The 11 states include Maharashtra, Punjab, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, Chandigarh, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Delhi, and Haryana. CM of Maharashtra, Uddhav Thackeray stated that a decision for imposing a lockdown has to be taken in the next two days.
Will The Lockdown Once Again Cripple The Economy?
The second wave of the deadly virus is forcing the Government to impose a lockdown. But this time, the lockdown will pose a serious threat to the economy. India is trying hard to revive from the losses it suffered due to the pandemic. And a second lockdown may cripple the economy once again. As the Covid cases are rising, experts believe that stricter lockdowns will negatively impact the economy in the first quarter of 2021-22.
Effect of the Surgeon The Health System
Maharashtra CM warned that if the Covid cases continue to rise at such a rapid rate, then the state will fall short of medical experts even if the health infrastructure is expanded. Last year in June 2020, the healthcare sector in India was in a fragile financial state. Due to an unprecedented surge in Covid cases, the hospitals in India have become overwhelmed. And now the country may once again face a shortage of trained medical staff in both the government and private hospitals due to the second wave of coronavirus.
TPT Policy Advocacy & Recommendations
- The situation of the states is deteriorating at a high rate. The Government must take necessary measures and impose curbs on the movement to contain the surge in Covid-19. Strict restrictions have to be imposed to prevent crowding.
- The Government must bring a clear strategy to restore the economic confidence, which is inextricably linked to the confidence of people in how the pandemic and its economic fallout are being managed. To stimulate growth, the Government must also focus on public investments well.