Breaking COVID-19 rules in Kerala: Read what this Keralite from Wuhan has to say
Kollam: Pathanamthitta native Anila P Ajayan reached Wuhan for her higher studies last September. The Chinese people give a lot of significance for the new year. The coronavirus spread took place in the midst of these celebrations. All sorts of shops and restaurants were closed down. Although the livelihoods of people were affected, everybody cooperated with the preventive measures adopted by the state.
Despite living isolated inside apartment, most people were focused on sharing only the positive news on social media. Anila had only stocked up food materials enough for just one week. When the lockdown was announced, Pakistani shopkeepers gave her the necessary food items. The media did not release the scary details of the number of people who died due to the outbreak. Through radio services, there were constant awareness messages.
Wuhan has not returned to normalcy yet. Cleaning and disinfecting the area are still going on in the province. The government has been willing to provide compensation for those who had lost their jobs and revenues due to the outbreak.
Anila says that despite living in the coronavirus hit Wuhan province for three months, what scares her the most is the indifference displayed by a section of the Keralites towards fighting COVID-19. Keralites are educated and have awareness about science. Yet a section of the Keralites are involved in breaking these restrictions by gathering around across the state.
Anila is doing post doctoral research at Chinese Academy of Science in Wuhan, where COVID-19 was first reported.