Despite a fourfold surge in Covid cases over the past 45 days, a majority of citizens are not in favour of another lockdown, even in districts with 500-plus active cases where case counts are rising week over week, according to a survey by Local Circles.
Most citizens are not in favour of lockdown but support restrictions, such as the closure of non-essential public places, imposition of night curfew, in districts with over 500 active cases. LocalCircles has shared this feedback with the Centre and states.
Given that India’s daily Covid-19 caseload in the last 45 days has risen by four times from approximately 12,000 to 48,000, states such as Maharashtra are now experiencing an upward trajectory, while the test positivity rate in many districts is higher than 10 per cent.
Overall, 78 districts in the country now have more than 500 active cases.
LocalCircles via its citizen survey attempted to understand citizens’ opinions on the need for lockdown, or restrictions in districts with 500-5,000 and 5,000-plus active cases.
Also, in view of the Holi festival, coming over the weekend, should certain restrictions be imposed? The survey has received more than 35,000 responses from across 304 districts in the country.
The findings indicate that despite a four-times rise in Covid cases in last 45 days, a majority of citizens aren’t in favour of lockdown even in districts with rising week-over-week caseloads and 500 plus active cases. This is mostly because of its economic impact and disruption that it causes in the lives of poor and marginal sections of the population.
However, for districts with 500-plus cases, which makes it 78 districts of India, people are in support of a 3-week shutdown of non-essential public places and imposition of night curfew. The only exception to this is the upcoming Holi celebration where 70 per cent citizens in the survey have supported some type of lockdown for 1-3 days to prevent the Covid spread.
People support restrictions imposed in districts with a week-over-week increase in Covid-19 cases and 500 plus active cases.
For districts having more than 5,000 active Covid-19 cases, people suggest a three-week shutdown of non-essential public places and imposition of night curfew; only 19 per cent support full lockdown.
For districts having between 500-5,000 active Covid-19 cases, people suggest a three-week shutdown of non-essential public places and imposition of night curfew; only 14 per cent support full lockdown.
Most Indians are against full lockdown in active districts because of its economic impact and disruption it causes in the lives of poor and marginal sections of the population.
70 per cent of citizens favour some type of lockdown (national or localised) during Holi to contain the spread of Covid pandemic.