2020 wasn’t anything like we expected it to be at the beginning of the year. Ask anybody around you, oh I meant virtually, because physical distancing/ quarantine/ lockdown and what not, but everyone will agree that nobody has a clue where 2020 went.
It’s almost as if some cruel spell obliterated all the dreams and aspirations we bore in our hearts as we rang in the New Year. And what a year it has been! Those of us who have been lucky (and privileged) to still have a job and shelter and are in a position to put food on our table, legit have no recollection of anything besides their laptop screens and all the targets they just couldn’t seem to meet.
But now, instead of expecting some good news after eight months of surviving this deadly pandemic, Interpol has come bearing bad news for political leaders and shared that a new threat has surfaced amid the outbreak. In its latest guidelines, the international police organisation has warned law agencies in India and 193 other countries that "Covid-infected letters" might be sent to political figures and individuals.
The agency also stated that “attempts at deliberate contamination by spitting and coughing on surfaces and objects has been reported.” Given this update, the agency has advised member nations that security personnel of political figures as well as postal and front-desk workers to be made aware of the risk and precautions to be taken to tackle the threats.
We don’t know what this means for our leaders, but if things get out of hand, such letters might also end up wrecking further havoc and worsening the situation further. But one thing is for sure, 2020 is looking more and more like a sci-fi movie gone wrong in real life. Or could it be Assassin's Creed playing out in real life.