Guwahati Plunges Back into COVID-19 Paranoia?

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Guwahati Plunges Back into COVID-19 Paranoia?

Sidharth Bedi Varma | May 09, 2020 10:23 hrs


It looked like Guwahati was one of the markets which were eager (and hopeful) to recover from the Coronavirus slump that hit markets all around the world. 


In its small-little ways, local and franchisee retailers, cloud kitchens/restaurant owners, freelancers and other business owners started working on plans to make most of the market waking up from the slump. Food and grocery delivery, AC and Car repairing services, healthcare industry started working on revival plans. Until the 7th of May, things in Guwahati were looking up. 


But the story of the 16 year old girl’s death, who was the second Coronavirus victim in Assam, changed this attitude within hours. Most people kicked into a panic mode after they heard rumours about the four new Corona-positive people in the city and started contemplating the fallout of it all. 


When the investigation led to the fact that the victim ‘sold eggs’, a fear ran through the very people who were bullish about their prospects imagining all the ‘fomites’ she could’ve created. 


The city barely limped back to normalcy, as people were adjusting with ‘9 to 5’ as a new normal. But the news of the new cases has put everyone back on high alert. Maybe it was nature’s way of reminding us that we let our guards down and maybe we’re not ready to relax just yet.


Can Governments consider putting Guwahati and similar cities of importance back into red or orange zones? Would it help contain this virus? 


Humans are used to enjoying freedom and once we’ve tasted it, it becomes difficult lock ourselves back up. Maybe we put ourselves back in lockdown for the long haul and hope that the Government finds ways to protect those running losses, paying EMIs, losing livelihoods. 


They certainly have received a lot of funds for it… Or maybe the “PM doesn’t CARE.”

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