Doraha/Sahnewal, August 13
People have been demanding enforcement of complete lockdown at least for a week, if lives are to be saved from the Covid-19 pandemic.
Nothing else can break the chain of the virus, they believe. Expressing serious concern over increasing cases and their health, people are now coming out openly in favour of imposing a complete lockdown for a week.
Former principal and renowned writer Narinder Kaur Sadhu said: “Complete lockdown is the need of the hour. A two-week lockdown, with prior information, may help contain the virus to some extent. Economy can be rebooted with extra efforts but life once lost can never be reclaimed. People are ready to eat less but they are certainly not in a position to lose their near and dear ones forever. I fail to understand why the government has till date not thought in terms of imposing a complete lockdown when we are already reaching a stage of community spread.”
“Staff are being called to schools and colleges as a matter of routine. I feel like shouting at the top of my voice that in the current situation, when we have Covid cases increasing at a fast pace, what is the emergency of calling the staff to schools and putting their and their families’ lives at stake. Things will improve with the passage of time we just need to wait and watch rather than getting panicky and aggravating the situation all the more. A one-week lockdown will prove beneficial and it would definitely not cause an irreparable loss to the economy,” said a frustrated teacher who has to attend the school daily.
Dr Gursharan Sidhu from Sidhu Hospital, Doraha, said lockdown for a specific period of time was now an absolute yes as far as fast increase in Covid cases are concerned. “This is the real time to impose lockdown when the number of cases are skyrocketing. People do not understand their social responsibility at all. Our hospital has started the level 2 and level 3 facilities. But it is a terrible time for health workers and they need support from all. Let the overworked and exhausted doctors, staff, nurses and the Health Department get some relief. The work in ICUs with PPE kits and double masks and respirators leaves one’s lungs terribly hypoxic and a majority of the staff feel dizzy after six hours of work sans water, food and air,” he said.
“Shopkeepers have thrown all norms to the winds. Social distancing is totally missing. The public have simply lost all sense of responsibility and shopkeepers in their passion to sell their commodities are putting their and buyers’’ lives at risk. The public have to pay a big price for these things in days to come when the situation will turn worse. A one-week lockdown can at least make such people sit back at their homes rather than posing a threat for themselves and others as well,” rued a senior citizen from Sahnewal.
“Lockdown may not be enough to contain the Covid spread in the state or country. High density of population is one of the most aggravating factors for the spread of the virus as is seen in Ludhiana, Amritsar, etc. At the same time, it is important to note that many countries that have so far done a relatively good job of containing the pandemic have refrained from imposing a complete and nationwide lockdown. But in our country, it is possible only when each one of us contributes to curb the virus in his or her own way,” said Pawan Kumar Kaushal, president of the Government Pensioners’ Association, Doraha.
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