3,36,560 booked for not wearing masks since May 8; experts say only responsible behaviour can help contain the pandemic
A whopping 3,36,560 persons have been booked by the police in Kerala for not wearing face masks since the Statewide lockdown began on May 8 to contain the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This has raised questions on the reckless behaviour by at least a section of the public in the face of a persistent danger that has claimed more lives and caused serious infections in the State in its second wave.
R. Suresh Kumar, senior consultant in neurology and behavioural sciences, attributed it partly to people not being inculcated with civic sense and ethical behaviour during their formative years. “We as a society are inherently insensitive to the wellbeing of others. Democratic countries are fiercely free-spirited and tend to violate restrictions even in the face of an unprecedented crisis like the pandemic. When the curbs are eased, they overcompensate for…