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Dia Mirza raises concerns for senior citizens living alone during Coronavirus lockdown

The actress takes to social media urging the government to clarify ‘curfew’ guidelines so that vulnerable sections of society can plan better for the days ahead.

Dia Mirza raises concerns for senior citizens living alone during Coronavirus lockdown
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As if the widespread corona scare is not enough, making sense of what the lockdown means is what maximum city is engrossed in at the moment. While toll nakas are flaunting queues of people rushing in and out of the city, the police are coming hard on people stepping out to buy essentials. Seeing the chaos around her, actress Dia Mirza took to social media today urging the government to clarify ‘curfew’ guidelines so that vulnerable sections of society can plan better for the days ahead.

Dia took to Twitter and said, “I live at CHS where 80% of our residents are senior citizens. Many living alone. We have no access to vegetables and fruits as all vendors say the police haven’t allowed them to go to the main market. Online deliveries are shut. Essentials are essential.”

Her concerns, in fact, extend to all senior citizens living alone in the state given that they number a mighty 1.25 crore. Many, especially in Mumbai, live alone and some in buildings sparsely inhabited, which makes reaching out for help difficult. Given this scenario, Dia’s worry for senior citizens is more than justified. All that Dia is asking for a better interpretation of what is within bounds during a curfew and what is not.

In another tweet, Dia urges that rules should bear in mind every kind of susceptibility. “We have put in place health protocols keeping in mind the age/needs of our senior members. This curfew needs guidelines that allow neighbourhood vegetable vendors to reach the wholesale market. Respect the need for curfew BUT it needs to ensure essentials are not affected.”

Dia’s worry is paramount given the fact that senior citizens with pre-existing health conditions are at a higher risk of contracting the virus. In Maharashtra, all the 'three' deaths due to Corona are of senior citizens.

Of course, the actress is sympathetic to the protocols issued by the government and acknowledges the noble intentions behind them. She added via Twitter, “We understand what you are dealing with currently cannot be easy by any measure. And you are doing this keeping our health in mind. Please consider how we can find solutions so that all can continue to have access to essentials."
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