Coronavirus Lockdown in India 2021 Highlights: If there was one song that could well describe what’s going on right now, it would be British band Bastille’s ‘Pompeii’. Sample the lyrics of this 2013 mega-hit: ‘But if you close your eyes; Does it almost feel like nothing changed at all?….How am I gonna be an optimist about this?’ After all, a year has gone by and if you don’t look at the calendar, it looks and feels the same. Novel coronavirus, humanity’s worst enemy in the last 100 years, is wreaking havoc since it was first reported from the wet market of China’s Wuhan. The origin of the virus is still unknown and people are still not ready to wear a mask.
Nations after nations are reporting wave after wave of the pandemic with hospitals again seeing an increased number of patients suffering the various kinds of complications. Unfortunately, India also joined the gloomy club of the nations as it confirmed the emergence of the second wave of the coronavirus recently. Today, India is observing the first anniversary of the 21-day total lockdown.
We were introduced to the term ‘lockdown’ when Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave the order for strictest restrictions that anyone had faced anywhere in the world. The 21-day lockdown that came into force from 12:01 am was announced by PM Modi during his 8 pm national address today n 2020. Giving just four-hour notice, the lockdown declaration sparked an absolute frenzy on the city streets. Within hours, all malls and grocery stores were emptied with people buying everything possible in panic mode. While the urban population was whipping Dalgona coffee, it was the silent, almost-hidden, never-spoken-about migrants that bore the burnt of the lockdown, that caught many in surprise.
A year later, as the nation marks the first anniversary of the first national lockdown, it seems we are living in a time loop. Europe is seeing a new number of cases again, Maharashtra is again the epicentre of Covid infections in India. Punjab, Haryana and Delhi are also showing an uptick. So what has changed? The key aspect is that we have the power of corona vaccines. While Western nations are going for Pfizer and Moderna, India is relying on Oxford/AstraZeneca and Bharat Biotech’s Covid jabs to achieve the elusive dream of herd immunity.
On the anniversary of the national lockdown 2020, India remembers those who lost their lives and frontline workers who made supreme sacrifices! Here are the latest updates on the coronavirus lockdown and lockdown anniversary from India. We will also be looking at what’s happening in terms of pandemic around the world.