Did India Lock Down Too Early? -Ritwik Banerjee
These are our findings from over 43 countries on how aware people were about COVID-19 at different stages of its progression.
By now, Indians have become used to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s abrupt announcements – the consequences of which have changed the lives of many, forever. Demonetisation was one such announcement, then the reading down of Article 370, and then, the nationwide lockdown, announced on March 24 – with only four hours’ notice – which led to a mass exodus of migrants struggling to reach their home states.
The severity of the economic effects of the lockdown is now apparent as the latest numbers show a massive 23.9% year-on-year contraction of GDP growth rate – the first time in four decades.
The social impact of the lockdown, especially on the migrants, have been well documented as well. While the early days of the lockdown saw us observing rules better, now the rambunctious spirit of India is back on the streets. In places, ironically, coronavirus cases are higher than ever before.
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TheWire.in, 17 October, 2020, https://thewire.in/economy/did-india-lock-down-too-early