It was business as usual and without the masks and other trappings of paranoia in the Capital on Thursday, the day when the city’s first two H1N1 deaths were announced.
School students were their usual effervescent selves. What topped their minds was whether the deaths would scare schools enough to declare a holiday.
“We just need a reason for schools to shut. If swine flu is the reason, so be it,” said Meher Juneja (18) of Modern School, Barakhamba Road.
Agreed Jyotsna Shekhar, 16 (name changed on request), “I have not stopped coming to school or going out with friends.”
Springdales School, Dhaula Kuan, cancelled its annual Kusum Verma Memorial Inter-School English Recitation contest that was to be organised on Thursday.
No one was spotted wearing protective masks in and around Connaught Place. “I carry a mask with me but seldom put it on. If deaths due to the flu go up in the city, I will perhaps make more use of it,” said Jyoti Sinha (26), a media professional.
Others like Jayant Makhija (35), a charted accountant, felt some precaution was needed.
“I am going to office because I cannot put my work on hold. I have, although, stopped going to theatres and malls because it's not a necessity.”
He does not wear a mask.
Hotels in the city said they haven’t been affected. “Our hotel in Delhi has not had a downward turn in guests at all,” said Rajendra Kumar, director, Ambassador Hotels, Taj Group.