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From Holi to Diwali, how the Covid-19 and the blockade affected India

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The coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic has brought the world to a stop. The year 2020 has seen millions of people affected around the world by the disease that originated in China late last year.

Also in India, Covid-19 wreaked havoc and affected people’s normal lives. Most of the country’s festivals were held under lock and key.

It began in March this year, when the Center imposed the first phase of the blockade to control the spread of the disease. Although the Holi festival was held weeks before the national shutdown was announced (on March 9), the entire country had begun to feel the impact of the coronavirus disease.

Many events in the national capital Delhi were canceled in March as the number of confirmed Covid-19 cases in the country amounted to 47. Delhi has been under severe control of the pandemic until now, and has witnessed a record increase in the number of daily cases. cases. The count of the national capital has reached 4.74,830.

The peak has been particularly pronounced due to the festive season. In the week ending October 25, when the city quietly celebrated Dussehra, there were an average of 3,663 cases per day. Like Thursday, this number rose to 7,196.

By comparison, the number was 2,627 in the first week of October.

As of March 10, 1,10,000 people around the world had been infected with Covid-19. But the situation began to deteriorate rapidly and the world count reached one million. India also imposed a nationwide blockade on March 25, initially for 21 days, and continued to increase due to the grim situation. The lock remained in place for 75 days.

During this period, movement was restricted, planes on the ground and trains stopped. It led to a crisis; people who wanted to go to their places of origin were stagnant. Due to immediate restrictions, the country saw a massive movement of migrant workers from metropolitan cities to their places of origin. They walked miles on foot; the ordeal to reach their places of origin lasted many days.

All of this happened because many economic activities were paralyzed by the closure and thousands lost jobs. Restaurants, schools, shopping centers and places of worship were also closed.

Along with the restrictions that were put in place, the government also began to increase testing for Covid-19 to determine the spread of the disease. Soon, the number began to increase and different symptoms began to appear in infected people. Not only the lungs, the doctors discovered that the Sars-CoV-2 virus, responsible for the disease, also affected other internal organs.

The situation turned bleak, the curbs tighter. The race to find a vaccine also began.

India saw the first curb relaxation in June when Unlocking 1.0 went into effect. The government allowed hotels, temples, mosques and other religious sites to open from June 8, but established protocols that must be followed before letting people in. In the containment areas, which had increased since the outbreak was first reported, there was no relaxation.

In the following months, the government ordered the opening in stages of different sectors of the economy, to help people and businesses, but strict measures were maintained in the containment zone.

Although the situation has improved and the country has passed the peak of the disease, the vigil has begun. Despite the relaxations, the government is constantly monitoring the situation. On Diwali there are also restrictions and the authorities have urged people to avoid going to crowded places where the fear of contracting an infection is very high.

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