Learn a lesson from Guwahati

In the third-phase lockdown, Arunachal, which has been identified as a green zone, has been given maximum relaxation. It is a good sign that the state is till now a green zone. No case of Covid-19 has been detected in the recent days. The only patient in Tezu has also recovered. Naturally, the people are basking in the glory of the ‘green zone’ tag. But there should not be any kind of complacency. In fact, the people of Arunachal, and the state government, should learn a lesson from neighbouring Assam.
The number of Covid-19 cases has suddenly spiked in Guwahati. The situation in Guwahati is now alarming and is a cause of concern for the whole NE region as it is the gateway to the region. The relaxation given by the government is for the benefit of the citizens. But it is expected that the citizens will strictly adhere to the norms and follow all the directives issued by the health department. Sadly, the people of the state, particularly the citizens of the capital region, are not following the physical distancing norms. Massive crowding has been witnessed at banks, hospitals and even at beverage distributorships. It is shocking to see people making absolute mockery of the physical distancing norms. This kind of irresponsible behaviour has the potential to cause mayhem in the state. With large numbers of stranded Arunachalees starting to return, there is need for extra vigil. The people should not misuse the relaxation given by the government and start behaving irresponsibly.