NRI from England, Bahrain, Switzerland share how they deal with isolation of COVID 19 from India | Instant News


We ask some NRIs from several countries to share how they deal with locked up situations as they live their lives away from their home country and family.

People from all over the world fight with deadly microscopic villains. When the number of positive cases of Coronavirus increases, the tension and anxiety also increase higher. Panic and pressure also because of economic losses suffered by people and also because of daily activities become a very big task. People from weaker sections of society were hardest hit. Speaking of India, after an alarm about a pandemic was sounded, PM Narendra Modi immediately imposed a lockdown across the country that might be lifted on April 14. As per several reports, closure can be extended to thwart the spread of COVID-19.

Unfortunately, at present, positive cases are more than 5,000 and the number of deaths has increased to 166 in India. While we feel safe because we are at home and in a familiar place, we ask NRI, who is far from their families and home countries in such difficult times, to share how they live their lives now. Today we share input from 3 NRIs from the UK, Bahrain, Switzerland and how they deal with isolation. Read on to find out more.

Ami Mehta, 34 years old.

Location: Switzerland.

Profession: Not working at the moment

1. Do you miss your home country and constantly worry about your relatives in India?

Obviously, we really miss our country of origin and in such situations, it is far easier and more convenient to be in a known location and around a known person. I was worried about relatives at first, but if they followed what was told there was no tension.

2. What is your current mental state and how do you and your family deal with this situation?

Mental state is a mess. We need to know about our country today and also about India for our parents and siblings. We talk every day. Indian media updates are quite active faster than Switzerland. We also face language barriers. It took us 2 weeks to find a specific Swiss site where we got the number of people infected with the canton.

3. Does the government do anything to combat this pandemic?

I feel that every government does its part, but everyone’s opinion is different. Switzerland has stated that they will test people only over 60 because it is important for them and they consider all young people to have great immunity. Switzerland delayed the closure of the border and was hampered. India could have stopped the flight early, but once again people rushed to return to their bases.

4. Do you feel safe and what precautions do you take considering you have children?

In general, I am a girl who is very extroverted and brave, this is the first time I am truly afraid about something. Maybe it’s because I’m in a foreign country or maybe because I’m a mother now. My son used to go to creche for several hours, now it’s closed. So I continued to cheer him up. I have restricted my child from going to our community garden where there is only green grass. As I see other families often go out with their children or walk the dogs. We sat on the balcony to sunbathe and it was difficult for children to understand this.

5. Can you get out and buy important things?

5. We are allowed but we avoid it. There is a difference between hiding at home and avoiding unnecessary danger. Therefore, we manage what we have at home very economically. We just don’t have snacks as we like, or my husband doesn’t get milk coffee all the time. Having said that we finally had to go out today after 3 full weeks of grocery shopping especially vegetables, milk, bread which are perishable items.

6. How does the company handle this? Besides giving work from home, do they also provide you with additional health benefits?

There is work from home facilities for my husband. In fact, his work has increased and also the hours he uses have increased.

It has nothing to do with the company here, I think the people you work with are also important. For us, we are on the verge of completing our work, at this time, our permission until the end of April is said to be extended in the corona scene. So it is good but inevitable. Right now, I’m not working but I have heard companies like Nomura have postponed their important releases and also told staff to avoid extreme stress.

Name: Suha Shaikh, 24

Location: Bahrain

Profession: Housewife

1. Do you miss your home country and constantly worry about your relatives in India?

To be honest, I don’t really miss my home country, but yes I really worry about my family and also my friends there. I’ve heard about locking and how it causes difficulties, especially those with babies or toddlers very worried. A few days ago I heard from my friend that even diapers are not available at the pharmacy. Managing normal daily activities is really their job now.

2. What is your current mental state and how do you and your family deal with this situation?

I gave birth to my baby girl about 6 months ago and when I just came out of postpartum depression, this pandemic corona outbreak appeared, where my husband was trapped in another country and I couldn’t visit my parents too. So yes, it gives a lot of mental pressure to stay away from your husband and parents, but we are all blessed by having shelter and equipped with all the necessary needs. As for me and my in-laws, we really followed all the precautionary steps like using cleaners if we had to get out and avoid going out in the first place.

3. Does the government do anything to combat this pandemic?

Yes, the UAE Government takes many preventive measures to protect the population. They have started a National Sterilization Program where all roads, roads and even one stone on the road will be sterilized. People are asked to stay home after 8 pm and heavy fines are imposed on those who do not follow the rules. They have also made an application where users can scan barcodes of all disinfecting products and see if they are truly useful and good to use.

Also, they have reduced the rent of many entrepreneurs and given free visas to tourists who are trapped there. Also, they have already imposed large fines on pharmacies and pharmaceutical companies that are trying to increase the prices of masks and products such as cleaners etc. The government, police, doctors and nurses and all NGOs have really won the hearts of people.

5. Can you get out and buy important things?

Yes, we can go out before 8 pm and buy all of our important products, and there are online services available from hypermarkets such as Carrefour and Lulu.

Rinal Parmar, 26

Place: England

Profession: Security Officer

1. Do you miss your home country and constantly worry about your relatives in India?

Of course, I miss my home country and worry about friends and family.

2. What is your current mental state and how do you and your family deal with this situation?

Because the situation is critical here the family is worried and we are also worried about what will happen next.

3. Does the government do anything to combat this pandemic?

Yes, the British government is trying to stop the current situation but we can say one thing is they are not too serious about this situation and they do not have enough medical services for patients. Even the public is not serious about locking.

4. Do you feel safe and what precautions do you take?

Yes, I feel safe and we use cleansers, masks and gloves.

5. Can you get out and buy important things?

Yes, we can go out and buy things that are needed. The general store doesn’t close here.

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