Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- Professor Balram Bhargava, the Director-General of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), said in a statement that regions that report a high number of new cases of coronavirus (Covid-19) should remain in quarantine for another 6 to 8 weeks.
Bhargava asked that restrictions remain in place in all regions where the incidence of Covid-19 is 10% higher than those tested.
"Areas with high positivity should remain closed. If the positivity rate goes from 10% to 5%, we can open them. Obviously, that won't happen in 6 or 8 weeks," he said.
"If New Delhi opens tomorrow, it would be catastrophic," Bhargava said, referring to New Delhi, one of India's most affected cities, where the positivity rate has reached about 35% but has now fallen to about 17%.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has avoided nationwide isolation for economic reasons, leaving it up to state governments to make decisions on the issue.