Wading into the large and impatient crowd jostling to get past security at Delhi’s domestic airport terminal last week was akin to being briefly adrift on a sea of helplessness. It was early in the morning and we all were bleary-eyed. But none missed the red flag—of an impending disaster that we were inviting with our collective apathy and slackness.
And here it is upon us. A year after we went into nationwide lockdown to keep at bay the marauding COVID-19 pandemic, we find ourselves back at square one amid a second surge that now threatens to surpass the first one. Following a respite that proved temporary, we are witnessing a worrisome uptick in the pandemic, with positive cases rocketing past 60,000 every day. Even daily deaths are spiraling, crossing 250 as against below 100 for most of February.