Studying in class IX at Kittur Rani Channamma Residential Sainik School for Girls, Belagavi, Karnataka, Cdt. Aditi T likes to play badminton and is passionate about her classical dance and helping the needy. She is very curious about understanding the trends of the economy and aims to be an Economist.
COVID-19 pandemic has put the world into a situation where everybody has to stand united and fight for a healthy nation and a healthy world. In spite of nations and the governments taking all possible preventive measures the numbers of cases are increasing day by day. The worst affected countries like China and Italy followed by the UK and the US are not able to curb the spread of the COVID-19 given their highly effective and efficient healthcare facilities and services. The pandemic that originated from China has today infected almost 200+ countries in the world. As per WHO, as on April 11, 2020, the COVID- 19 dashboard displays 1,610,909 confirmed cases at 213 countries, areas or territories with 99,690 confirmed deaths.
These increased numbers of cases have scared the people across the world. Though the lockdown in most of the countries has helped to contain the spread of cases, it has also crippled the world economy. In India, the increasing number of cases and the lockdown of 21-days (that is expected to extend) has affected people psychologically, socially and economically. According to the Mckinsey Report (2020) on COVID-19, there are a few sectors like Air and travels, insurance carriers, oil and gas, automobile factories and apparels /fashion that are facing huge loss due to lack business transactions leading to a dip in the economy.
Some may feel lockdown is a very boring thing to sit at home or not moving anywhere, but, it is needed for our safety and health. If we step into stage III our economy may totally dropdown. However, the Indian government is helping the people during this situation of social distancing and quarantine with financial support as announced by our honourable Finance Minister. The daily wagers and the construction site workers are provided with the necessities like milk and food by various NGOs and social workers. I pay salute to all the corona warriors like doctors, nurses, health workers, the police force, the media, social workers, NGOs and the municipal corporation who have been working even during the lockdown at the risk of their lives to save us.
If this scenario continues with an increase in the number of confirmed cases, there will be a great loss to the country and there might be no sufficient medical appliances and facilities to the country to work on. Shortage range from simple masks to the most important medicines. The government and the industries are putting in efforts to stretch its health system by converting trains into isolation wards and hotels as quarantine wards for doctors and nurses. Industrialist like Anand Mahindra and few others are helping the hospitals by producing ventilators for patients and face guards for doctors. With many of the eminent personalities of the country contributing to the PM CARE fund, India will be able to stretch its healthcare facilities. Adding to it the Asia Development Bank (ADB) President Masatsugu Asakawa has assured the Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman of USD 2.2 billion (about 16,500 crores) support to India for its fight against COVID-19 pandemic (TOI, 10 April 2020).
It is the time wherein, the governments and the industries across the world need to collaborate and work together for finding the right medicinal formula for fighting COVID-19. The recent move from the Indian Government to export anti-malaria drug hydroxychloroquine to foreign governments including UK and USA conveys a message to the world that this is a situation where all the countries across the globe have to come together to fight this pandemic. It is the duty of the people of the world to quarantine and be socially responsible. I am proud to be an Indian and a part of a responsible country run by a charismatic leader, our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi.
Maintain hygiene and be healthy.