Last week Ananya told us that she would try not to stress about not having anything to do. This week she will tell use how she managed to do that. If you want to know more about Ananya, click here to read her bio.
Press the play button to hear how Ananya found some more rest during the lockdown, and hear how her online colleges are going.
Current situation in India 11-05-2020
Today on Monday the eleventh of May India has seen its biggest spike of COVID-19 cases. It rose with 4.213 new infections in one day. In the meantime, there has been an ease of the restrictions in some areas. Last week the ‘zone strategy’ was announced. After weeks of staying at home, the lockdown got extended again. However, during this lockdown 3.0 some restrictions got eased. Read last weeks article for more information.
Slow start of the railway system
There has been no public transport since the 25th of March, but tomorrow, on Tuesday the 12th, fifteen trains will depart from New Delhi. Only people without symptoms can travel. Booking for tickets began today on Monday the 11th of May. Watch this video for more information about these trains, and the guidelines people have to follow. There have also been talks about resuming some domestics flights.
Special corona tax for liquor
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a meeting today with state chief ministers to discuss a post-lockdown strategy. Modi stressed the necessity of ‘do gaaj doori‘, people should keep a distance of two yards between themselves and others. But there have been some problems with people not taking this into consideration. A big issue was the reopening of liquor stores, after weeks of being closed these shops could open in some areas. This led to huge crowds as you can see in this video. To overcome this problem Delhi imposed a special ‘corona tax’ of seventy percent to stop people from going to stores to buy alcohol.
Police will fight fake news
India has been struggling with fake news before, but spreading false information hasn’t stopped during the lockdown. That is why the Bureau of Police Research and Development published a guide for law enforcement agencies so they can identify fake news. There will also be videos in order to try to stop the spread of panic and hatred. There have been problems with people, and even Indian officials, wrongly blaming muslims for the spread of the virus.
Maharashtra train accident
There have been a lot of problems for migrant workers that want to return home. Sixteen migrant workers that were walking to their home (a 157 kilometer walk) got killed because a freight train ran over them after they fell asleep on the train tracks. The government now keeps insisting people and states to make use of what they call ‘shramik’, a train especially for migrant workers. Watch this video, or this video for more information about these trains.
Ananya talks about her online classes which are now covering the perspective of Carl Rogers. Watch this video, or this one, if you would like to know more about the humanistic psychology of Rogers.
As if there hasn’t been enough bad news there is also a rise of COVID-19 cases in Dharavi, India’s biggest slum. There are approximately 800 cases and 25 deaths in Dharavi. For more information you can read this article.
Karnataka, a state in India, is transforming several buses into health clinics to test more people. For more information click here.
The Indian Express Online has a podcast about how India has handled COVID-19 so far. Click here if you would like to listen to it.
Want to know more about fake news in times of corona? Watch this video with tips to recognize fake news.