On Sunday, the Congress took a dig at the Central government's handling of the COVID-19 crisis which has so far infected more than 1,90,500 people in the country, saying that the government’s social distancing with the people has increased so much that it has no idea what is happening on the ground and how to address the problems faced by the people, especially the poor.
“The future history books will recognise this government as the harbinger of doom. Prime Minister Narendra Modi talks about protecting democracy. Until March 24, they throttled democracy,” senior Congress leader Kapil Sibal said.
While talking to reporters, Sibal noted that before March 24, the main focus of the Centre was on Article 370, the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act, the National Register of Citizens, the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the Triple Talaq law, and not education, health care or concerns of the poor. “Had this government concentrated on the issues concerning people, India would have been different today,” Sibal told reporters.
“I want to ask the Prime Minister that at least now tell us what is your definition of your fellow Indians? Does that definition fit into what happened prior to March 24? At least now change the way you are handling the future of this country,” he said.
Meanwhile, India has climbed the list to become the 7th worst coronavirus-hit country as the number of infections rises to 1,90,535 as of Monday. The country reported more than 8,000 cases in the last 24 hours-- the highest one-day jump so far.
With Sunday, the fourth phase of the nationwide lockdown came to an end and the government announced that the lockdown will remain in place in containment zones.
India has been on a nationwide lockdown since March 25. The end of the lockdown, however, should not be taken as the end of the deadly COVID-19. Coronavirus continues to be a real threat with cases surging dramatically and precautions should be upheld despite the end of the lockdown.