Delhi’s mismanaged fight with Corona virus

Corona virus or as its scientifically referred as Covid-19 has brought the world to its knees. How it got here, who is responsible, when will the vaccine be created and many other questions regarding to it are up to debate. However, one thing that is definitely the need of the hour is to get this disease to a halt, to decrease the number of patients. What the world needs, is a game plan which can deliver successful results. We need to flatten the curve should we want to open up the country again. So far India hasn’t shown such promise, with the number of cases increasing every day, we see a sharp increase in the graph since the partial reopening. One such country that boasts xero cases is New Zealand.

New Zealand has been able to reduce its number of cases to the point where they were able to announce zero reported cases due to a number of reasons. They have a rather small population, only 5 million or so, which is much lesser than most of the worst hit nations, India included. Another major factor is the decisive and fast action that the New Zealand government took to ensure rapid containment of the disease. They also used stringent lockdown measures in order to decrease the rate of spread of infection. Their alertness and strict policies ensured that the disease slowed due to a near inexistent halt. However, they were lucky enough that their population was low, because for a country the size of India, with its population density its very difficult to pull this task off. What doesn’t help is the state and central government bickering in order to gain an upper hand and increase their public popularity. Many states aren’t yet equipped to handle the sudden increase of patients. In Delhi, patients have to wander from hospital to hospital for treatment of coronavirus. Some of those admitted to hospitals have also gone missing. In Covid-designated Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital, the bodies could not be accounted for. Bodies of dead people are being piled up in hospitals such as state-run LNGP and centre-run Safdarjung hospital. With such ill-equipped state of various states across the country its hard not to feel disheartened and try to approach the courts. However, in many cases that too is no longer an option, as two advocates filed PILs in Delhi High court to ask for an extension of lockdown due to the increasing tread of number of cases. Both the PILs gave good points in favour of an extended lockdown in Delhi, as it would provide a much-needed breathing space to the facilities concerning the virus and also in some manner break the transmission cycle. The plea also gave forward estimates of one lakh COVID-19 cases in the national capital by end of June and the number would escalate to around 2.25 lakh by mid-July and over 5.5 lakh by July end which the Delhi government themselves admitted. Strict measures are of the utmost importance to stop the increasing graph. However, the Delhi HC declined the PILs and did not give reasons as to why they were not entertained.

What happens next is for all of us to see.