While the whole nation is taken over by the pandemic with the list of positive cases reaching to 84, all the states have been raising alarm. Following the step taken by Delhi, one of the most affected states in India, states like Chhattisgarh, Maharashtra, Himachal Pradesh, Karnataka, Uttar Pradesh also announced shut down for the next twenty days. In a recent revelation, the Telangana government too joined the bandwagon announcing that the all schools, colleges, malls and pubs would remain closed until March 31st.
Meanwhile, the neighbouring Telugu state Andhra which recently recorded a positive case in Nellore seems to be underestimating the severity of the viral outbreak. With the 2020 local body elections right around the corner, the state government and the leaders were learnt to be quite occupied in the election preparations rather engaging the citizen in awareness campaigns. Ever since the state health authorities confirmed the first case, the government was seen holding a roll of press meets, but to everyone’s surprise, they were regarding the elections.
Adding strength to the reports over the state government’s negligence, 102 persons who came in contact with people with suspected infection were learnt to go missing. When probed in, the officials stated that contacts are untraceable which triggered new controversy. Reportedly, a few of the main cities didn’t even have a special ward for the coronavirus infected. Amidst the chaos, the state Chief Minister also remained mum instead of assuring the citizen with measured to contain the infection.