“Second wave” of Covid-19 brought night curfew in India and is affecting people with particular jobs

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Indian administration has started getting stricter with rules and restrictions amid pandemic due to the rise in cases. According to the Aarogya Setu application launched by the administration itself, active cases that has been detected so far are 979,608 whereas recovered cases are 11,913,292. Although the recover rate is much higher, experts suggested to not take it lightly and the rapid cases should be considered.

Number of cases started decreasing until February this year, when India witnessed increase in covid cases again and till date, the graph is climbing up. According to the doctors, India is going through the ‘second wave’ of corona virus and is expected to record more cases in coming few weeks. Keeping in mind the current situation, the vaccine process has been fastening up in different states of the country. On 8 April, Prime Minister Narendra Modi took his second dose of Covid-19 vaccine at AIIMS Delhi, he tweeted after, “Got my second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine at AIIMS today. Vaccination is among the few ways we have, to defeat the virus. If you are eligible for the vaccine, get your shot soon. Register on CoWin.gov.in.”

Dr. Abhishek Singh told Eat News, ”The virus has not gone anywhere. After the country observed reduce in covid cases, people became careless and were seen not following the basic measures stated by the health experts. This could be one of the reasons of rise in cases but we should keep this in mind, virus has to finish its waves to be finished.” India is under second wave and has to struggle for coming weeks, according to Dr. Singh. Meanwhile the severe pandemic situation is coming back in the country, administration released new covid rules and gave instructions to be careful and keep the restrictions in mind.

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After the situation keeping in consideration, number of stated declared lockdown for few days to avoid the chaos and social gatherings. The worst hit state Maharashtra announced weekend lockdown and night curfew for upcoming days. Punjab has also imposed night curfew along with restrictions on social gatherings and has banned political rallies too. Chhattisgarh declared 10 days lockdown in Raipur and Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Lucknow, Kanpur and Varanasi has also followed the same steps of releasing new covid regulations.

New Delhi, capital of the country is also under the same radar and has announced night curfew from 10pm to 5am till 30th April. Only people with e-pass are allowed to travel at these hours. The state was recovering at an appreciable rate but in February recorded sudden increase in cases. Night curfew although is not much disadvantageous as compare to the complete lockdown situation, but some of the workers have been affected by the decision and food delivery people are one of them. Varun is 27 years old and works for a restaurant as a delivery boy in Delhi. But due to the night curfew, restaurants and other food outlets are supposed to be close till 10 pm, he said, ”Generally, restaurants start receiving orders from 9pm. But due to the night curfew, I am not able to get night orders from the restaurants, and it is affecting my salary as the commission I use to get before will get cut. Plus, I am working extra hours also to compensate the night hours which is bothering my studies that was scheduled according to my old routine.” Varun who is delivery boy also preparing for civil exams and needs minimum 5 hours to study but due to the night curfew, he is unable to.

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Wedding functions and restaurants have been affected due to the new covid restrictions in the country. Although the wedding function norms are still the same as they were in March but now after 10pm, wedding cards won’t be used as permit to travel in the night. Along with it, daily wage night workers are also bearing the loss. According to Hassan, ”I work in Chandni chowk. My work is to load and unload the packages that we get from the manufacturers. Me and my other fellow workers are tensed because generally we start this work after 9 pm, when most of the shops shut down. Now because of the night curfew, we are not able to do this work.” He added, ”Even we thought of going beyond our reach and tried talking to manufacturer but due to the strict checking nobody wants to take risk.’ Hassan is the only bread earner in his family and is finding the other way out. ‘I am trying to contact other people for the work but now everybody is in fear for another complete lockdown.”

Few days back in a meeting with chief ministers to discuss about Covid-19 situation, Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared about no lockdown condition as for now and that the country has now much more resources to deal with the virus than the past. As instructed by the administration, states are focusing more on micro containment zones to keep track on the virus.

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Shefali Ranawat is an Eat News correspondent in India. She want to be the voice of people. Also, she aim to be a war correspondent.


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