The roads are brimming with the usual trafficChennai is almost back to normal. There are sales. Yes, the volumes have come down, but the crowds on roads do not seem to suggest anything abnormal at all. There is complacency that the virus is almost gone (Chennai has recorded around 800 new infections per day, possibly the lowest among the other big metro cities for ten days now). People do not wear masks at all. Weddings are being conducted with certain restrictions. In Ranipet District, a mere two hours drive on the National Highway, the infections are less than 50 every day.
Perhaps our people have now learned to live with the virus. Spending on essentials does not seem to be coming down drastically. For instance, people buying ghee for Diwali sweets seems to have increased manifold, if we go by the feedback from the retailers. So, the good times are back, to some extent. However, much more needs to be done by the Government at the Centre, which has actually ruined the economy systematically over the past six odd years. The rebuilding has to start now. Traffic on the roads is one indicator that things are slowly coming back to normal.