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ED: Another grim milestone

  • Published at 07:10 am April 18th, 2021

While a hard lockdown was implemented on April 14, the fact of the matter is, it was too little too late

The Covid-19 pandemic continues to cause untold pain and suffering across the country. The daily death toll keeps rising every day, and now we have crossed the triple-digit mark, with 101 deaths within the span of 24 hours. This is the fifth time in a seven-day period that the daily record has been broken. No doubt, we are in the thick of things, and bringing the pandemic under control should take priority over all other matters.

There are no words that can console those who have lost a loved one to this pandemic. Some families have lost multiple members. The overall scale of grief Covid-19 has brought us is unfathomable. The best way to honour those who have perished is to treat this virus with the seriousness it deserves. Sadly, we have failed to do so. While a hard lockdown was implemented on April 14, the fact of the matter is, it was too little too late.

Too many rules had already been bro-ken in the meantime. For example, when a lockdown was announced early April in the face of climbing death tolls, the authorities almost immediately back-tracked, opting to keep the bookfair open, and then opening up public transport, as well as shops and services of all kinds. The city experienced heavy traffic jams throughout, thus making a mockery of the lockdown attempt.

We need to be serious, and it needs to be understood that there will always be opposition to a sound plan. Basic human rights should of course be respected at all times. For example, many have legitimate emergencies for which they need to be on the road. Those people should be out of the purview of the lockdown. But by flip-flopping on the parameters in the past, the authorities have created confusion and apathy among the public, and we are now paying the price.

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