Pinar del Rio city is stirring amid a hive of people who chase after essential items. It’s like New Delhi, Calcutta, Bombay… any one of these Indian cities which we often see on our TV screens, where people crowd together forming a sea of heads that seems to be never-ending.
Nobody knows what’s going to be sold. It might be chicken, cooking oil, crackers, detergent, soap, toothpaste… nobody knows. Chances of becoming infected with the new Coronavirus isn’t people’s top concern, right now.
Some days ago, a TV news report on Tele Pinar (Pinar del Rio’s provincial channel) featured complaints about hoarders taking first spots in line, saving spots for their partners in crime, finding a way to buy more than once and then reselling these products at exorbitant prices.
The crowd was annoyed and frustrated in front of reporters. So, measures were taken to organize lines. Tickets are handed out from the crack of dawn, so as to organize these huge lines that have been forming.
There is a curfew in the city because of COVID-19, which is really silly considering the fact that people mostly crowd in the day. People aren’t allowed out on the street between 8 PM – 6 AM. Police monitor the streets, stopping and fining anyone who breaks this law.