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Reducing the Spread of COVID-19

Need for Creative and Long-term Measures

The unprecedented crisis emerging due to the spread of COVID-19 demands immediate as well as long-term measures. To address this crisis, the government should promote social solidarity and unity as well as citizens’ networks working for the vulnerable. However, long-term measures are needed to reduce the possibility of the disastrous spread of more such diseases and to enhance the ability of communities to deal with such eventualities.

This article is a modified version of the statement of the Vikalp Sangam Core Group released on 28 March 2020.

As India and the world face a completely unprecedented crisis due to the spread of COVID-19 ­virus, the first and immediate response must be towards ensuring health and treatment facilities, physical distancing, relief and basic-needs packages to workers, basic-needs services, and other such measures. These are required to both ­reduce the risk of spread and provide economic and survival security to those who are worst affected, not only by ­infection but also by the shutdown of ­ordinary life. Special attention needs to be given to the most vulnerable, including the elderly, the “disabled,” women and children, daily wage workers, residents of crowded urban “slums,” prisoners in crowded cells, sanitation and waste workers, transgender persons, sex workers, small farmers, pastoralists, fishers, and forest dwellers.

Promoting Social Solidarity

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Updated On : 23rd Dec, 2020
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