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Lockdown phobia

When Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the first lockdown in the entire nation on March 24 as a preventive measure to stop the spread of the novel Coronavirus appreciations pours from all sections of people irrespective of the differences in political ideology. When the second and the third lockdown was announced, sensible people across the country considered it as a wise decision as lockdown is the only means left to counter the spread of the novel Coronavirus. The step taken up by Prime Minister Narendra Modi was appreciated by many socio-political observers from across the world. But when the fourth lockdown was announced people started questioning the chemistry behind the lockdown as the number of people tested with novel Coronavirus increased like a flash flood.

When the 5th lockdown was announced it was coined as ‘Unlock -1’. For three months live across the country has been put to a standstill.  And unlocking of the lockdown perhaps is the need of the hour as people will die more not because of the virus but because of hunger if the lockdown continues. Even as there is no cure for the COVID-19 till today, people have to live and for that people should be now equipped with all knowledge, equipment, and practice to live with the virus.

What concerns this newspaper is the extension of the lockdown till June 30 by the government of Manipur. New Delhi which has a large number of people affected by the virus have now started unlocking almost all necessary sectors, Kerala, which once has the largest number affected people in the country now had formulated measures to make sure that life continues amidst the attack by the novel Coronavirus and Maharashtra, which have the largest number of affected people to have decided to open up its factories. However the state of Manipur, even after knowing that those affected by the virus are from those which return from outside the state, cannot make any decision to open the lockdown to run the society. Moreover, some medical expert had already questioned the Manipur government on the kind of preventive measures that the government had taken up to counter the spread of the Novel Coronavirus during the prolong lockdown. The loopholes in the management of running the quarantine center has already been brought to the lime light even by an MLA of the ruling BJP. Today people are fed up and want to resume life as done in other part of the country. Already voices to open market had come up and more voice may likely come if the government takes no measures to unlock the lockdown.

We cannot run away from the virus, but have to live with it.

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 15+ years in the field of Journalism. A seasoned editor, was a former editor of ISTV News. He resides in Keishamthong Elangbam Leikai, with his wife and parents. Rinku can be contacted at [email protected] 

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