It should be a matter of grave concern that despite almost a fortnight of lockdown, we are over the last 15 days having an average of over 1000 COVID cases daily while around 35 persons have been dying every day. These figures are high for a very small State like Goa.

Yes, we need to be concerned about the economy but in the current extremely precarious conditions nothing can predominate the Health of the citizens which right now has to be the only priority.

The experts had advised a total lockdown. The failure to ensure this, is possibly being reflected in the huge number of daily cases and deaths we are sadly witnessing. Except for grocery stores and pharmacies all other activity should have come to a total standstill to ensure that the lockdown has the desired effects.

But, if there is no political will to adhere and strictly comply with the advice given by experts and scientists, we cannot be blaming the hospitals and the doctors for the precious lives that are being lost every day.

In battling this virus we need to take measures that have been advised by experts and exceptions cannot be made on political considerations. In the current curfew which is in force we have seen how though film shooting is prohibited a particular Mumbai based company was allowed to continue with its shooting in North Goa for a Marathi serial at the instance of a central BJP leader. With unscrupulous deviations like this we may never be able to bounce back into the green zone where we were comfortably placed last year.   

In battling this virus there has to be a sincere commitment by the Government at all levels and all citizens have to truthfully play their role in complying with what is directed by the authorities so that we are all safe and secure geared to win this deadly battle.

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