Indian Government Reopens the Taj Mahal Amid the Covid-19 Outbreak
Windowofworld.com – The Indian government opened the Taj Mahal to the general public even though the spread of the Covid-19 corona virus was still high, even India almost overtook the United States (US). Currently, the number of Covid-19 patients in India has reached 5.4 million, with an average infection rate of around 100,000 people and a death rate of 1,000 people per day.
However, Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi ran into a dilemma. The lockdown which was implemented in March is difficult to implement properly due to a lack of cooperation from the community. The impact has shaken tens of millions of local residents. This condition forced him to gradually ease the lockdown.
Judging from the history, Modi has opened sequential lockdowns starting from land, air, market, restaurant, and now tourist attractions such as the Taj Mahal. The Taj Mahal is one of India’s global icons located in the Agra region. Usually, as many as seven million tourists visit the white marble building.
The Taj Mahal management stated that health protocols will still be applied, ranging from social restrictions to limiting visitors to 5,000 people per day or a quarter of normal days. Entrance tickets will also not be sold on the spot, but online. In addition, security guards will patrol to keep an eye on visitors.
“A lot of people lost their jobs during the lockdown. We people are suffering a lot and now it is time for the country to reopen, ”said bank employee Ayub Sheikh (35). “We are not afraid of viruses because they are everywhere and they will not go away. So we all have to adapt. Why should we avoid the virus, but starve to death? ”
The Indian government will also restore classroom teaching and learning activities for students aged 14-17 years. However, not all regions have followed the appeal. This is because many schools and parents have refused and launched protests. “I’d rather see my child fail than get sick,” said Nupur Battacharya.
The governments of South Korea (South Korea) and Australia also relaxed the lockdown again. South Korea has even begun to reopen teaching classes, even though it has been hit twice by the Covid-19 wave. As a precaution, students in South Korea will undergo two classes, namely offline and online classes with the hope of even distribution of schedules.
The international world is currently in a recession. Almost all developed countries in the world are forced to issue billions of US dollar aid packages in order to maintain the stability and sustainability of the national economy. Although not as severe as the 1998 crisis, the negative growth in the real economy had far-reaching effects.
Australia is the latest country to report negative growth. This incident has not happened to Australia in nearly 30 years. As reported by the BBC, Australia’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) shrank by 7% in the second quarter (Q2) compared to Q1, the worst since 1959.
In fact, Australia never survived the monetary crisis in 2008 considering that trade with China was stable. This year, Australia cannot escape. In addition to natural disasters such as extreme forest fires, Australia is also affected by the Covid-19 corona virus which has spread to other countries.
Australia’s economic growth has declined following the low purchasing power of the public. Even though the government and central bank provided financial assistance, some businesses and companies were unable to survive and collapsed. Even so, Australia is still lucky compared to other developed countries.
The United States (US) economy shrank by 9.5%, while France and Japan shrank 13.8% and 7.6%, respectively. Britain even experienced a decline of up to 20.4%. The impact is big on the ground. In addition to declining purchasing power, many shops and factories in various sectors have gone bankrupt.
As reported by the BBC, this decline was inseparable from the lockdown policy which paralyzed business, investment and economic activities.