The Indian government has made a decision to re-open the schools, colleges, cinemas, and other public places after months-long closure. The Home Ministry of India has shared that the country is all set to re-open while the health experts believe it’s a mistake as coronavirus cases in India are among the highest in the world.
India has a population of nearly 1.3 billion people. The coronavirus cases reported in the country are nearly 6.2 million which are second to the US only. It has also reported nearly 97,000 people at least and this figure only accounts for official deaths. There are high chances that the virus is much more than the official reports as many rural areas have no healthcare facilities or official stats on the pandemic cases.
The government has somehow decided to lift the lockdown and re-open all the local businesses as the country’s economy seems to be badly hit by the pandemic. Millions of people in India have lost their earnings, while millions of others are on the verge of losing it.
Regarding this school opening in India, some states opened their schools for 14 years old to 17 years old but this new announcement applies to all schools of the country. The statement from the ministry says that the re-opening of the schools, as well as coaching centers, will be decided after October 15th. meanwhile, online classes and distance learning courses are highly encouraged and no institute can force its students to physically attend the classes.
On the other side, higher education institutions and universities will remain close. But some science and technology institutes have already opened to resume their research work in the laboratories as it is almost impossible for them to continue their work from home.
Shutting the cinemas in this film-loving country was probably the most difficult decision. Bollywood industry is one of the largest film producing industries of the world and shutting it all added more stress to this coronavirus-hit country. However, now the government has decided to open the cinemas in India with only 50% capacity, hoping to control the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
Most of the international commercial airlines have suspended their business or are operational with limited services to offer. India despite being one of the biggest markets has shut most of its business but with the worst economic regression, it is now slowly opening them all. Some of the airline companies are only offering services to carry the citizens back to their home countries and not offering travel to other people.
India has already opened the local trains, domestic flights, local markets, eateries, and metro. Some of them are fully functional while others are operated under restrictions.
The coronavirus in India has mainly hit the metropolitan cities such as Mumbai which is the financial hub of the country and the capital city, New Delhi which is home to millions of people and one of the highest traveling destinations.
Now India is second on the list in the worst-hit countries by coronavirus as it has now spread to rural areas that lack basic healthcare facilities. The government is trying to control new cases and right now, it is too early to comment if this re-opening of local business is the right decision or not.