covid-19 second wave: Rash behaviour, already-twitchy health infra: why the second viral wave may cause more pain

Delhi Police personnel checking commuters for curfew passes after a night curfew was imposed due to rising Covid-19 cases on April 11, 2021 in New Delhi, India.


People are more irresponsible about social distancing and personal hygiene this time around. Then there are myths that may accelerate transmission. While it is difficult to ascertain the real impact of the second Covid-19 wave as it is still unfolding, discretionary spend will contract and frontline optical valuations will remain distorted. Formalisation and digitisation of the economy can offer the much-needed silver lining.

Call it yet another battle for survival. Even as lockdowns have been imposed in Maharashtra, and major cities of Madhya Pradesh, many states have declared night curfew to curb the spread of the second wave of Covid-19.With a rapid surge in new cases, it is expected that the second wave will turn out to be uglier than imagined and there could be a possible long-lasting impact on the economy. This is happening within three weeks after optimism was

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