The mayhem caused by the second wave of COVID-19 is a result of “lack of leadership and foresight” on part of the Government.
This was stated by former Chief Economic Advisor of India – Raghuram Rajan.
This statement of Raghuram Rajan comes at a time when the second wave of COVID-19 is wreaking havoc in the entire country.
“If you were careful, if you were cautious, you had to recognise that it wasn’t done yet,” Rajan was quoted as saying in a Bloomberg interview.
“Anybody paying attention to what was happening in the rest of the world, in Brazil, for example, should have recognised the virus does come back and potentially in more virulent forms,” Rajan added.
“There was a sense that we had endured the worst the virus could give us, and we had come through, and it was time to open up, and that complacency hurt us,” Rajan added.
Rajan also pointed out that the slow rate of vaccination in India has also made the second wave more deadly.
“Some of that may be the sense that we had time. That since we had dealt with the virus, we could roll out the vaccination slowly,” he said.
Over 3 lakh new COVID-19 cases and over 3000 deaths have been reported in India on a daily basis in the last 13 days.
In comparison, India had not reported even 1 lakh daily cases during the first wave of the pandemic in 2020.
Experts have called on the Central Government to impose a strict lockdown in the country to stem the spread of the disease.
However, the Centre has so far avoided imposing lockdown due to the economic devastation caused by a similar strategy.