Chaos Before Curfew

The New Indian Express Chennai|March 22, 2020

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Chaos Before Curfew
Social distancing went out of the window.

THE whole point of a ‘janata curfew’ was to combat the spread of COVID-19 by staying isolated at home and avoiding crowded places. That spirit got defeated on Saturday, a day before the curfew, when hundreds thronged vegetable and meat shops, marketplaces, and grocery shops to stock up rations.

Social distancing went out of the window. Heavy crowds were seen in Koyambedu wholesale market and Pazhamudir Cholai shops in Chennai on Saturday. The crowd was ‘above the usual’ in Tiruchy’s Gandhi Market too. Similar was the situation in shops and markets across Madurai, where panic buying resulted in a few traders jacking up prices.

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