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Sunday, April 11, 2021

From morning walks to weddings in COVID-19, hows ‘new normal’ arrived?

At the start of 2020, nobody really imagined that the world will change so much, so fast. The Coronavirus Pandemic, which has gripped the entire globe, has forced people to change their lifestyle overnight, thereby adhering to the ‘new normal’. Online ordering/delivery services have grown manifold because stepping out to buy items is a far-fetched idea for many people. Similarly, corporates have shut down their offices and most employees are working from home, ordering in has become the latest norm, school/universities are continuing with online classes and OTT platforms have replaced conventional viewing of entertainment content. Nonetheless, the list is endless and amidst all this, the need for a good healthcare system is the biggest change that India and other countries have to come in terms with.

Meanwhile, are Indians really adjusting to the ‘new normal’?

The reason why we need to think over the reactions of Indians to the new way of living is because of the recent incidents that have surfaced over the past few days. Let’s recall how a wedding in Patna led to the groom’s funeral and 100 COVID-19 positive cases. For the unversed, more than 100 people who attended a wedding ceremony on June 15 at a village near Patna have been infected by the novel coronavirus after the 30-year old groom allegedly spread it after returning from his workplace in Gurugram.

Not to miss, Maharashtra, and especially the city of Mumbai, has been the worst-hit spot in India’s pandemic crisis scene. In fact, Mumbai Police on Wednesday imposed Section 144 in the city. However, only a few days ago, Mumbaikars said goodbye to social distancing norms when they came out of their homes for morning and evening walks at the Marine Drive area. In fact, the APMC (Agricultural Produce Market Committee) market in Navi Mumbai has also been identified as a ‘super-spreader’ for COVID-19 infections.

Now with the spike in the number of cases and Indians not adhering to the ‘new normal’, will the nation be free of Coronavirus soon? Well, only time will tell!

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