Government Says We Have To Learn To Live With COVID19

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After 47 days of lockdown, India is eventually preparing to get a new normal as the economy becomes the focal point of discussions. At this stage, it is more about adapting than about unlocking.

As on restarting the economy, on Sunday, the Indian railways said it will resume passenger train services in a gradual manner from Tuesday. Rail travel will restart but in a graded and careful manner with limited occupancy. It will involve testing at both start and end of the journey and at the possible quarantine stations in the destination.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a video conference with chief ministers, the Prime Minister’s Office tweeted on Sunday. This would be the fifth meeting with the chief ministers after the last meeting that occurred on 20th March. As per expectations, the meeting is scheduled to discuss the way ahead on relaxing the nationwide lockdown. The lockdown since 25 March has adversely affected the jobs as well as the economy of the nation.

Replying to the series of questions over the trajectory of the Covid-19 curve in the context of AIIMS director Dr Randeep Guleria’s comment that there would be a peak in COVID19 positive cases in June-July, Union Ministry spokesman Lav Agarwal said that community support was needed to fight the infection and to manage it at the current levels.

The Union Ministry spokesman said, “When we are talking of relaxations and migrant workers coming back, we are faced with a major challenge. We have to learn to live with the virus, and for that we need to introduce certain behavioural changes, to implement social distancing practices to combat this virus. It is a difficult battle and we need everyone’s cooperation and community support.”

In order to ensure social distancing, seating arrangements and work shifts in schools, workplaces and restaurants will have to be included in the norms.

Amitabh Kant, chief executive of policy think tank NITI Aayog said, “The government is working on multiple fronts to boost the manufacturing output in the country, which will help improve this sector’s share in the overall economy beyond the current 15%.”