Thanks to COVID-19, 2020 and 2021 have been washout years in a number of ways. It affected lives and livelihoods across the world.
There have been over 270 million confirmed cases and over 5 million deaths due to COVID-19 across the world. In India, too, the pandemic occurred in two waves, with the second one being more devastating than the first.
The national lockdown in early 2020 was one of the most stringent in the world. This was followed by more localised and intermittent curfews and shutdowns. Schools and educational institutions were among the first to close and the last to open.