Editorial | Recipes for disaster: delayed lockdown; early unlock

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There is an overwhelming fatigue about the lockdown and its economic cost has been devastating. The voices against the lockdown and the mood within the administration in favour of an unlock is growing.

The lockdown has proven to be the only effective instrument to contain the infections spread by the novel coronavirus. The confidence shown by the civil administration and the doctors about their preparedness has been repeatedly proven to be an illusion and a lie. The cases of patients have surfaced who could have survived had there been enough preparations, enough oxygen and enough manpower.

The healthcare officials and influencers in the medical community did a great disservice when they behaved like clowns in the King’s court and backed all the administration’s decisions. The administration’s fetish for tourism opened the gates of hell and doctors behaved as the cheerleaders, not daring to voice an opinion if they had any. The lockdown should have been imposed when the trajectory of infections showed the initial rise – it would have quickly contained the spread of virus and would have meant a swift unlock.

The administration’s first error, a deliberate error, was to delay the lockdown which allowed the virus to penetrate deep into the society. Now the administration is playing with fire by thinking of an early unlock. Unlocking will not save the economy as people have lost the spending power. The virus is also not unprecedented; it spreads like fire. It’s not the time to show quixotic behavior. The administration should, instead, focus on tax relaxations and loan waivers and save the economy.

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