As covid lockdown ends, cases soar in New Delhi. The cases in Delhi are increasing again with more than 1,000 new daily cases recorded. This is because of the increased public movement and people ignoring social distancing and face masks.

The Pandemic Still Exists.

The lack of knowledge about the seriousness of the corona virus is followed by ignorance and complete disregard for the well-being of loved ones and community members. Young people who are less likely to contract covid and who are often asymptomatic don’t realise that they are contracting and spreading the virus.

A current trend among mostly high schoolers and college students is going out during the pandemic. Places like Khan Market and malls are a hub for coronavirus activity, the market still invites strangers to a variety of restaurants and cafes like big chill, townhall etc. People also seem to think they won’t contract covid by going to a friends house. Apparently going out during a pandemic is safe?

Health officials and concerned citizens are worried about the overly reckless behaviour of the youth who continue to contaminate and succumb to the virus. A high proportion of the youth are into ‘vaping’, ‘juuling’ and smoking cigarettes and other substances, which means they are more likely to catch the virus. Partying and meeting friends increases the risk of catching covid and even spreading it to the elderly.

Cultural aspect and Connectivity

Indians emphasise the importance of community, from large Indian families to friends. We Indians exhibit solidarity despite anxiety, seeking social connectivity with family members, neighbours, and friends as it can help maintain positive mental health but meeting friends and family amidst a pandemic should be exempted. Culturally, Indians seek social gatherings and outings with formalities like tea parties, outings to markets, malls and meeting friends and family even during a worldwide pandemic.

The Government

The government seems to be – all talk, no show by voicing their concerns with no actual rules or implementation. The current surge in infections was followed by a two-and-a-half-month India-wide lockdown that began on 25 March and severely disrupted the economy and livelihoods. Some researchers say the government failed to take advantage of this time to prepare the country’s struggling health infrastructure. The country has an incomplete death-registration system, which means that not all deaths are recorded and the documented cause is often incorrect.

Even as India struggles, the true scale of the pandemic might not be apparent.