When Covid-19 cases began to fall in early 2021, people began to feel like the epidemic was behind us. With greater agility and intermingling, we gave the SARS-CoV-2 virus an additional chance to surge through. Cases have been on a rise since Feb this year, and on March 21, 2021, the central government reported about 47,000 cases. In other words, India’s confirmed cases had risen 4.5 times since the low point of February 1, 2021.

The solution to the rising numbers will not be an easy or quick one. There are two schools of thought, one that thinks a lockdown may be beneficial because it can protect lives, and another that thinks that a lockdown would destroy employments and thus lives.

Several cities and states have publicized various curbs once again, and some elected leaders have warned of new lockdowns. However, after the first central government-imposed lockdown in March 2020 and its harsh fallouts, including its impact on the frugality and stress on people’s finances, another lockdown may not be the way forward.

A lockdown was necessary to help India develop its healthcare infrastructure to deal with the Covid-19 crisis. Now that is already in place along with treatment protocols, so there is no need for another lockdown.

So, it seems like nationwide lockdown is not the solution to curb the climbing COVID numbers. Any lockdown in the current situation will make the country more constraint to any development and hardly would curb the rising COVID cases.


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