Is lockdown the only way to tackle coronavirus?

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    Every single day it’s the same story all over again. The COVID-19 graph shooting northwards with the number of fresh cases breaking the past record.
    While ramping up testing facilities and opening up of new laboratories can be linked to the increase in speedy identification of fresh cases, what cannot be overlooked at any cost is the couldn’t care less attitude that seems to have crept in a large section of our population. Which in turn is compounding the sickness quotient of India.
    Unable to tackle the constant surge in the number of positive cases which in turn is putting the health apparatus under acute strain, different states are going in for localised lockdown.
    And joining hands with Tamil Nadu which has already enforced a lockdown in Chennai and a few districts is the Kamrup district administration in Assam and West Bengal government. While Guwahati will remain under strict lockdown for two weeks, West Bengal has extended lockdown till July 31 while allowing some relaxations in opening up of malls, offices and restaurants.
    While naysayers say this is a bad idea and will deal a further blow to India’s fledgling economy, states see this as the only way to keep coronavirus at bay.
    The bigger question is, isn’t it also time for us to do our bit? Can we allow to let down our guard and throw all advisories regarding masks and social distancing to the wind? Let us understand that the new normal is what normal meant and lockdown alone will not be able to achieve the desired results till we do our bit?
    Slackness on our part could have devastating impact. Time for us to wake up and smell the coffee.

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