THE GOVERNMENT of India ordered a nationwide lockdown today. For the next 21 days, all social movements outside homes are banned across this subcontinent of 1.3 billion people. No one is allowed to step out of their homes. Travel and transport on land and air are frozen. There are already ten reported fatalities in India, with rates of infection expected to leap in the coming weeks. The fight against COVID-19 has now entered a severe, historic stage.
Amidst the gloom, the pandemic shows a revelation: a collective spirit of unified thought and action across the nation. There is faith amongst the citizens in how the national government is leading the battle. Compliance to the recent curfew and the general embrace of the impending lockdown has been positive. It is a buoyant revelation, one that we truly need in these uncertain times.