It is better late than never; after all, we are used to it

Written By: / Editorial / Monday, 19 April 2021 17:28

The swamping rise in the 2nd wave of COVID-19 Pandemic across the country finally in the state of Manipur with a record of 72 people testing positive yesterday, which is perhaps the highest single-day surged of 2021 cannot be treated lightly. Yesterday, the country recorded as many as 2,61,500 people testing positive with COVID-19. Among these Maharashtra has been reported as the highest hit state with around 63,729 new cases daily followed by Uttar Pradesh with 27,360 and Delhi with 19,486 fresh cases daily.
When the first COVID 19 issue sparks across the globe, India was among the first country to take the case with extreme seriousness. And among the states of India, Manipur perhaps was also among the first to take up precautionary measures to break the chain of spreading the virus from people to people. This is being said so as the state government had already shut down the market hubs – including the famous three Ima Market, 2 or 3 days before Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a total lockdown across the country to contain the virus.
All sorts of gatherings including religious-related activities were banned when the COVID -19 crises reached its peak in April 2020. Media and social activists across the country blame the mass gathering - Tablighi Jamaat somewhere near the capital city of the country.
All was well, as long as the election time in different states came after the dreaded virus have already intruded to each and every nook and corners of the country.
Health advisory had been issued. And the local administrators issued Standard Operative Procedures to be followed by all. Even curfew had been imposed to make sure that the virus contains. During those times, the worst-hit community was the daily wage earners, migrant workers, and people who are living below poverty line.
Now the so-called social distancing and advice to stay a home turn as a joke when it comes to election time. Legislators who make laws happen to be the ones who started violating the rules that they make. Nothing has been taken up against the violators of the COVID-19 SoPs. Social distancing, which one has to follow at least 1 meter distancing was a joke during meetings organized for election campaign. Today we saw lakhs of people gathering and offering prayers Kumb Mela, and thousands have been reported tested positive.
Something is seriously wrong with what is happening in the country. And if one recount the series of events and happenings during the Yaoshang Festival in the state of Manipur, just some few days back, one can simply imagine that there is definitely something that is not implacable to the running of the administration, no matter those involving have full awareness of how the COVID -19 has been spreading. Perhaps the system doesn’t allow to fight the COVID-19 pandemic even though those in the government wish to do so.
Well, many things had happened but not everything has ended. Government can take up measures to fight the spread of the virus even today. If the authority takes up measures to break the chain of the COVID-19 with immediate effect then the later days may be a brighter day for our children.
For the state of Manipur, the Chief Minister Advisory in connection with the COVID-19 pandemic is appreciated and should be appreciated by all.
The Chief Minister’s understandings of the seriousness of the issue and his advice to his cabinet Ministers, Legislators, and government functionaries to refrain from organizing , participating, or promoting events to attract a large gathering of any size from today is indeed the need of this hour.
But people are expecting the kind of action that the Chief Minister may proceed against those violators of the advisory.

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Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham

Rinku Khumukcham, Editor of Imphal Times has more than 25+ 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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