The severe cold in December, the sweltering April heat, not even the fear of Covid-19, nothing could break the morale of the farmers who are protesting against the three farm laws since the last week of November at the Delhi borders.
Over the past four months, the farmers devised some ways to deal the day-to-day issues. During the cold, they wrapped themselves heavily. For the rains, they elevated their beds. For the Delhi heat, they started arranging for ACs, coolers and fans. And now they assert , tackling the second wave of COVID-19 won’t be very different.Lakhbir Singh, vice chairman (Punjab) of All India Kisan Sabha, said, “We are making announcements from the stage at the Singhu border about the need of wearing masks, and washing hands frequently. We also are encouraging the protestors to urge vaccinated.”Also, multiple health camps are arranged at the protest site in order that immediate medical assistance are often provided to farmers just in case of emergencies. General secretary of the Bharatiya Kisan Union (Dakaunda) said, “If somebody has fever or cold, or the other COVID-like symptoms, then the doctors here take a call. The patient is either admitted to a hospital, or sent back to their village for 8-10 days.”
The capital on Thursday showed a huge spike in Covid tally by recording on the brink of 7,500 cases during a single day. This was the very best one-day spike this year. For the last two days, Delhi recorded over 5,000 new cases daily.
Owing to this sudden surge, Swaraj India president Yogendra Yadav said “farmers do treat the pandemic with a particular indifference”, but further mentioned none of the protest sites were COVID-19 hotspots either, making it difficult to challenge the farmers’ attitude.He said, “If you’d notice, each of those places has doctors, clinics. they’re not doing COVID testing, but if many of us are reporting fever then on, they might get to understand because qualified doctors are there in every single morcha.”
“Some of them have proper hospitals. If there was a surge in fever and breathlessness that might are noticed immediately,” Yadav added.