Gurugram has decided to seal its border with Delhi from May 1. Noida and Ghaziabad did a similar thing a few days back. With the May 3 deadline for the nationwide lockdown approaching, such district-level sealing of borders could be the way forward to deal with Covid-19.
Districts reporting a substantial number of Covid-19 cases and fearing an increase because of those traveling from neighboring districts may manage to curtail the virus spread through such sealing of borders.
With borders sealed, such districts will only allow entry or exit under exceptional circumstances, that too, after subjecting the individual to temperature checks and verification.
Gurugram is not the only one going in for the sealing of borders. The states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu had earlier sealed their state borders.
While the move may lead to some inconvenience, it still looks the only viable option to break the chain of transmission.
All the gains made during the nationwide lockdown can get frittered away if this battle is not fought in a sustained manner. And while there is pressure on the government to allow some relaxations so that economic activity can resume, stopping the spread of the virus is still something top of the government’s agenda.
A drastic increase in the number of cases at this juncture will lead to setbacks in the fight against Covid-19 and, will adversely impact the resources, and may lead to another extension of the nationwide lockdown.
While sealing of select borders may be the answer, the authorities will have to ensure that the basic needs of the most vulnerable sections of the society like migrant workers are taken care of.