Even as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Maharashtra and in Nagpur at an alarming rate, citizens seem to be leading their routine lives without care.

February 22, 2021, 5:54 PM

Sitabuldi Market (Photo by: Bhavesh Mahalle)

Sitabuldi Market (Photo by: Bhavesh Mahalle)

Even as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Maharashtra and in Nagpur at an alarming rate, citizens seem to be leading their routine lives without care.

A day after Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray banned all political, religious and social gatherings and Amravati and Akola district administration announced lockdowns, Nation Next photographer Bhavesh Mahalle took to the streets of Nagpur to access the situation on the ground. While our photographer observed that most people wore masks, social distancing norms are still being ignored by citizens.

Itwari Market (Photo by: Bhavesh Mahalle)

Itwari Market (Photo by: Bhavesh Mahalle)

Especially in markets in Sitabuldi and Itwari, people seemed to have forgotten that the city is gripped by the COVID-19 pandemic and the situation is getting worse by the day. Bhavesh captured some pictures from these markets, which show people blatantly violating COVID-19 norms.

Ganeshpeth Bus Stand (Photo by: Bhavesh Mahalle)

Ganeshpeth Bus Stand (Photo by: Bhavesh Mahalle)

While the situation at bus stands was a little better, but over there as well, people were spotted ignoring social distancing norms. Also, Bhavesh observed that at many shops, which earlier promoted social distancing, people rushed without caring about anything at all.

Ganesh Tekdi (Photo by: Bhavesh Mahalle)

Ganesh Tekdi (Photo by: Bhavesh Mahalle)

Well, if desperate times really call for desperate measures, if the situation really gets out of hand because of the callousness of citizens, we should probably brace ourselves for another short-term lockdown as warned by Maharashtra CM Uddhav Thackeray in his speech on February 21. 

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