Palak a journalism graduate believes in simplifying the complicated and writing about the extraordinary lives of ordinary people. She calls herself a " hodophile" or in layman words- a person who loves to travel.
"This is the beginning of a long fight," tweeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi as the voluntary self-isolation or 'Janata Curfew' came to an end at 9 pm on Sunday, March 22.
The self-imposed 14-hour curfew was a prelude to a massive precautionary exercise that was announced later in the evening, on Sunday, where about 75 districts with confirmed coronavirus cases were put under lockdown.
India, for a brief-five minute, was united with people coming out onto their balconies, near the windows and in the open spaces clapping, clanging the vessels and ringing bells to express their gratitude to the "corona warriors" —medical professionals, medical staff and interns, health and sanitation workers who are leading the battle again COVID-19 from the frontline.
Images and videos of this rare sight from a commoner to a Bollywood celebrity standing in solidarity abounds on social media.
However, with over 400 people having been tested for the novel coronavirus in less than two months and with seven reported deaths, there is a dire need to draw attention to the fact that in spite of prior warning bells from China and Italy, India was not prepared to tackle the pandemic, till now.
With the central and state government proactively resorting to desperate measures to mitigate the outbreak, the focus needs to be zeroed-in-on the three important Ps of the country which includes population, poverty and poor public health service.
Here are the top 10 things that should have been done instead of the musical-gratitude show as a measure to fight coronavirus in India:
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