Bloody typical

The virus situation goes from bad to — we’ve got rid of it, to —- disaster.

Leaving things until the eleventh hour, no … it’s more like one moment before midnight is not a sensible policy but it’s standard practice. No lessons learned from the first wave, infrastructure collapsing, shortage of beds, no oxygen in many hospitals, exhausted staff, people confused.

Indian politicians fail their communities. They have other, presumably more important things to worry about.

Now we have a lockdown in all but name and it’s piling confusion onto inconsistency onto chaos.

Is the instruction to close most businesses for all of everyday in which case it would be a lockdown or just when there’s a curfew?

The govt diktat is totally confusing. If it’s just overnight and weekends. What’s the point it’ll have minimal effect on the virus. If it’s everyday it’s a lock down a term they don’t politically wish to use.

The police statement adds to the confusion with the statement “it will be normal from tomorrow” so there will or will not be a lockdown/curfew from tomorrow. Of course it probably means that closure of businesses will seem like normal tomorrow.

Clear as mud.

It’s the day before the non-lockdown, I’m just back from cycling, with nobody wearing masks in the villages, most wearing them back in Siddarthanagar. I passed a wedding. In a field presumably outdoors (but in tents) in response to the situation but the limit to the gathering is supposed to be 50! There’s almost that number already preparing for the event and the guests are yet to arrive.

Recently Sowbhaghya asked why a shop keeper wasn’t wearing a mask as he should be, he declared there was no coronavirus here.

The combination of poor confusing communication from authority, default to deference and the anything goes attitude of the Wild West, is part of why we’re here. 

Here’s useful guardian articles summarising how we might have got into this stupid situation.

Oxygen supplies low

Photos and summary of the oxygen problems

There were unfulfilled plans to build more units for creating more oxygen.

It’s been unpredictable

Rural areas hit

So what’s the Government got to do with it?

another good summary

or a crime against humanity

I would be so stressed out if my poor Manjula was here and having to deal with this, now that’s a weird sense of relief. What a topsy turvy world.

7 thoughts on “Bloody typical

  1. Hi Stephen, I had really bad news of my friends in Bangalore, and of course in the media about the Covid situation in India. It’s deeply worrying that people get I’ll even though they were vaccinated due to the double mutant. I understand what you mean about Manjula. My mother died just before our first lockdown last year and we very often say that it is a relief that neither she nor us had to deal with the Covid complications in addition to the care issues. And we were able to have a beautiful funeral with family and friends in celebration of her life just days before gatherings were stopped. Yes, it is odd to say “I’m glad she died before …”, but that’s the way it is. Take care!

    • Thanks Gisela, good to hear from you. .. the quaint no-one-follows the rules takes on a different dimension when it has such terrible consequences. We’re in curfew meaning no gatherings or construction. On one side there’s a Jain group chanting and on the other the grinding of the building site. Madness. 🤭🙃😉 unfortunately the testing and analysis is not taking place to know what’s really happening with the mutations of the virus. They have the scientific capacity but haven’t quite got round to it. The govt has other things on its mind, elections. Best wishes. Stephen

    • Sorry to hear about your friends but positive how you feel it worked out for your mother. I’m more relaxed now, sitting on the balcony, with crows making their presence known in the tree and sounds like a group hanging out at one of Manjula’s park benches. I keep telling Lucie it’s a curfew so less (not much) walking. She doesn’t understand 🦴from a warm getting hotter India. Stephen.

  2. It has been horrifying to hear what is going on in India, is it very bad in Mysore too? Have you had a jab? As you say at the end, I have also been thinking how hard it would have been if Manjula had been there now.


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    • Not too bad here, but there’s unimaginable demands on the services. It’s difficult though to get an accurate picture hence I’m also using international press. I’ve had both my Astra Zeneca jabs. I was often ‘on the edge’ worrying about Manjula and what next? It would have been hard for us both, not only the worry of catching something, shielding her but getting ordinary access to the clinics, tests etc. Photo just popped up from our penultimate hol helps me realise how much I haven’t come to terms with losing her. Hardest thing in my life ever, of course. S x

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