Decoding the lockdown

As the globe gets acquainted with the ‘new normal’ of lockdowns, travel bans, and social distancing, uncertainties around the light at the other end of the tunnel keep mounting. A nationwide lockdown was announced by India from 24 March till 14 April to curb the alarming spread of COVID-19. It has included, among other things, public curfews, public and private transport suspensions, and mandatory work-from-home regulations.

Concerns regarding the efficacy of a 21-day lockdown are wide-ranging. A range of interrelated factors may determine India’s lockdown timelines; from national political impediments and COVID-19’s global impact, to domestic socio-economic implications and corporate lobbying. Projections along such lines are likely to be inaccurate.

Mitkat’s Report has attempted to furnish a roadmap both on the macro-level in terms of curbing the spread of COVID-19, and the near-term scenarios regarding the government’s decision-making structures with respect to the nationwide lockdown. In doing so, all attempts have been made to avoid conjecture, hyperbole and ideal hypotheses in terms of the way forward. The COVID-19 situation is an unprecedented development and will likely cast a shadow over India’s long-term prospects across a wide gamut of development metrics. Individual, community, and business attitudes that reflect resilience, flexibility, and situational awareness will find themselves capable of mitigating adverse outcomes in the journey towards the end of this crisis.

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