- In areas where the infection rate is more than 10 percent, strict lockdown should be imposed.
- Nocturnal curfew and weekend lockdown tactics will not have much impact on infection rates
- Strict regional lockdown is required to break the chain of transition
- Given the impact on livelihood and daily wage workers, complete lockdown cannot be the solution.
Dr. Randeep Guleria, Director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), said on Tuesday that strict lockdown should be imposed in areas where the infection rate of Kovid-19 cases is more than 10 percent or where hospitals
Guleria said breaking the chain of infection requires strict regional lockdowns in areas where the infection rate of Kovid-19 cases is more than 10 percent, or where 60 percent of beds are filled in hospitals. The Kovid-19 workforce is also making the same suggestion. He said that this is also under the guidelines of the Ministry of Home Affairs, but it is not being strictly implemented.
How Corona will stop the havoc
He said that once the infection rate has come down, the process of ‘unlock’ should be started in these areas in a phased manner. He, however, also emphasized that the movement of people from areas with high infection rates to areas with low infection rates should be banned so that the spread could be curbed.
When asked his views on nationwide lockdown, Guleria said that a complete lockdown cannot be a solution given the livelihood of the people and its impact on daily wage laborers. Daily activities with restrictions should be allowed in areas with low infection rates. He said that no health care framework can manage cases at this level, so aggressive prohibitive measures should be taken for a long time.
Corona cases in the country
Guleria’s remarks come at a time when the country is facing a severe crisis of Kovid-19 and cases of infections and deaths are increasing while there is a shortage of oxygen and beds in hospitals. The total number of Kovid-19 infected in India has crossed 20 million whereas more than 5 million cases have been reported in just 15 days.