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Some sense of proportion for our West-is-awesome bhajan mandali.

NY as of right now is 12,323
NJ is 1,327
Total is 13,650

The lockdowns are a joke. Number of cars on highways have not reduced. People are roaming on the streets, going to parks. My neighbour was partying yday.
People are flouting rules. I hear stories of people still going to offices in NJ, stopping for a coffee at Starbucks as if nothing has happened. Does this look like a lockdown? This is the scenario in the epicenter of the outbreak with 13000+ cases.
Spoke to friends in Germany and they say people are acting like its a holiday. Partying, clubbing, concerts. Compare this to India’s seriousness with a complete shutdown with only 300 cases in a country of 1.3 BILLION people.
A friend from NJ just reported that his senior boss keeps going to the office and keeps saying, “life is normal” which puts undue pressure on juniors to follow suite. They are scared shitless but he controls their jobs so they too have to go. Its a madhouse here.
Domestic violence victims I work with are scared that if they get #COVID19 , they’ll probably die because they dont have insurance or money to pay for a prolonged hospital stay because that would cost atleast a few thousand $$.
I hear this stuff from US and then I hear stories of a military lockdown in my neighbourhood in Lucknow because Kanika Kapoor was living 1/2km away from them and I cannot be amazed enough at the preparedness and prompt responses of Indian authorities.
Since it is the day to be thankful, it is important for you to know that if you are in India, your govt has done a lot more for you there and shown that it cares much beyond what we are seeing in the West.
India shut its schools long before we hit 200 cases. NY shut its schools after they had crossed 5000 cases. Be mindful here that I am comparing a state of USA with the second most populous country in the world.
UP issued a helpline number exclusively to deal with #COVID19 cases and queries. If NY-NJ issued a helpline, I havent heard of it. We will still be required to call 911 and pretty sure those folks are already overwhelmed
By the way, when governments and leaders do not lead like @narendramodi did, this is what ordinary people have to do. These are Brooklyn residents shouting at passersby on the street to go the fuck home.
This is the lesson #JantaCurfew has taught billions
Here, a city official yelling at the Mayor of Florida because they dont seem to be taking this seriously enough. Now thank the Gods above that Indian authorities are.
Ahem, Germany is having Corona parties
California, the second biggest epicenter of #Coronavirus has PACKED beaches. cnn.com/2020/03/23/us/…
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