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India’s Covid-19 Emergency Testimonies from the Grassroots: Rector Formation Pune

The second wave of Covid-19 has caught and gripped India unawares. It has shaken India to the core, shattered and impacted all life far beyond our wildest imaginings. Neither the Central  or the State governments nor the public were prepared to face the devastating impact of 2nd wave of Covid19. It is as if the virus is in every nook and corner of the country.

The month of April has seen the worst impact of Covid-19 with a global record as daily cases crossed an unprecedented 400,000 cases on a single day on Friday 30th of April alone while a staggering of 6.9 million new infections were detected in the country during the month of April, the highest tally for any month in any country so far.

The death toll from the pandemic in April stood at 48,768. This was not just the highest for any month so far in India but higher than the fatalities reported in the previous five months put together. The situation in the country is very grim. People are dying like anything due to the lack of medical facilities like beds, drugs, ventilators, especially lack of oxygen. The worst hit states in the country are Maharashtra, Delhi, Gujarath, Madyapradesh, Chattisgarh, Jharkand, Rajasthan, Telangana and Andhra Pradesh among other states.

In the midst of all this mayhem, we as a community at 2nd Cycle Formation Centre – Pune have had our own share of the impact of Covid-19 soon after the celebrations of the renewal of Temporary Oath and of St. Joseph’s feast on 19th March 2021. We were all down with Covid19. But, thanks be to God!!! – We got the proper medical treatment in time and were tested negative after 14 days of quarantine. We have had no other health complications although some of us still continue to suffer long term Covid19 symptoms like sharp body pains, physical weakness, tiredness and a continuous cough.

People are gripped by fear everywhere as the death toll keeps rising. I try to keep in regular touch with my parents and brother’s family. They too are frightened as my parents and brother struggle from diabetes. The whole locality where they live is infected with Covid-19 all around them. My brother shares that they live in constant fear yet they can’t but reach out to extend a helping hand to their neighbors as everyone is in desperate need of some help or other. Although it is too late but there are lockdowns and curfews imposed throughout the country and vaccines to be rolled out to those above 18 which I hope will help to overcome and improve the current situation of the crisis of Covid-19 in the country.

As the Universal Church celebrates the year dedicated to St. Joseph, I hope and pray that we may all gain spiritual strength from St. Joseph by imitating his virtues of doing what is possible from our side and entrusting to God the things beyond our control. No one is safe until everyone is safe. Therefore it is my humble request to support each other with mutual prayers. Hence let us continue to remember one another in our daily prayers through the powerful intercession of Mother of Good Health and St. Joseph, the Patron of our Society and the Universal Church.

Fr Thomas Venkateswarlu Yellavula mhm, rector Second Cycle, Pune

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