MOST OF INDIA SHOULD REMAIN LOCKED DOWN FOR 6-8 WEEKS TO FIGHT COVID-19: HEALTH AGENCY CHIEF


13/05/2021




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.


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