Long back, on 12th February, I had written an article ‘The danger of coronavirus has been greatly exaggerated ‘ which was published in nayadaur.tv. Today, on 19th May, it is reported that in the last 24 hours 4970 people in India have tested positive for COVID 19 and there have been 134 deaths in this period. It is also reported that till now 1,01,139 Indians have tested positive for corona, and there have been 3163 deaths of Indians.
In contrast, in the USA, which has one-fourth India’s population, but the largest number of COVID-19 cases, till now 1.55 million people have tested positive for corona, and there have been 91,000 deaths.
In this connection I wish to submit the following :
(1) When it is said that in India till now 3163 have died of the corona, why is it not also mentioned about how many Indians died during this period of TB, flu, malaria, dengue, diabetes, heart attack and other medical problems? Why has a comparative chart not been prepared, and instead the only focus is on corona? If it is found that other diseases cause far more deaths, is the danger of corona not exaggerated? No doubt corona is a matter of concern, but is it such a danger in a country with 135 crore people justifying a nationwide lockdown? People in India are dying of various diseases. Is corona alone such a problem so as to order a nationwide shutdown?
(2) Has any calculation been made how many people ( daily wagers, migrants, etc ) will die of hunger because this lockdown has deprived them of their livelihood? If this is more than the deaths due to corona, is the lockdown justified?
(3) How many percentages of people who get infected by corona die of it, and how many recover? If only about 2% who are infected die of it and the rest recover, as one report stated, was the lockdown justified?
(4) Since India has a population of 1.35 crores has had only 3163 deaths, while USA with one fourth our population has had 91,000 deaths, does this not indicate that Indians have much more immunity to the disease? So even if a lockdown may be justified in USA, is it justified in India?
I think the time has come for some answers to these hard questions, which have unfortunately not been put so far.
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