It’s been a whole year and the coronavirus pandemic is far, far from over. A leading epidemiologist recently confirmed that Social distancing measures and face masks could be used “for years,” to come. While the world battles the invisible virus, India has its own milestone of a year in the fight with Covid-19: Janata Curfew. On 22 March 2020, a 14-hour-long ‘Janata curfew’ came into force after Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to stay indoors from 7 am to 9 pm to break the chain of the spread of novel coronavirus. COVID-19 had already claimed four lives in the country and infected at least 169 others. Modi had urged people to bang pots and pans with their ‘taali bajao, thaali bajao,’ to honour our essential workers as a show of gratitude.
A year later, the world has still not returned to normalcy and several states are reporting a fresh wave of COVID-19 cases with speculations of another lockdown on its way. Several states have already announced a curb on Holi celebrations to tackle the ever-increasing cases.
On the occasion of a year since Janata curfew, several desi people shared memories from a year ago on Twitter, along with memes of how they assumed Covid-19 would be gone soon.
— Zulfikar khan (@ZulfikarKhan96) March 22, 2021
In the one year since the Janata Curfew, a 21-day lockdown was imposed. Announcing the lockdown, Prime Minister Modi said it was not a curfew, but, given the seriousness of the matter, it should be treated as no less. In a tweet, he also assured that essential commodities will be available.
By April 14, the Centre extends lockdown till May 3. 10,000 confirmed cases were recorded till now. All states and UTs of India (except Dadar Nagar Haveli and Sikkim) report at least one case of Covid-19. India tested a total of 2,30,000 individuals.