Chennai: Chennai Koyambedu, coronavirus hotspot, reopens today; face masks absent.
The wholesale vegetable market Koyambedu in Chennai, which was labelled a coronavirus hotspot in May, reopened today.
The sad part is that many have not learned lessons from a pandemic, where masks were absent from people and folks have forgot that has infected over 5.8 lakh people in Tamil Nadu alone.
Many people (mostly traders and workers) were seen without face masks and failing to practice social distancing.
The private media have taken a servea among people in which a random worker Karunakaran – who works for a banana wholesaler – neither wears a face mask nor practices social distancing. His friends too appear equally carefree as they sit and chat together.
Karunakaran told newsmen that “We are not scared of COVID 19. How can we earn money if we are scared? We had tough time without salary for four months.”
Looking back, overall, around 30 per cent of the people who gathered to work at approximately a quarter of the 2,000 shops that have been reopened in Koyambedu appeared to violate Covid norms.
As many as 3,500 people contracted the virus from this market before it was shut down in April. Pre-Covid around a lakh used to visit every day.