Speaking on the increase in corona virus cases in the country, ICMR chief Dr Balaram Bhargava said that in districts where the corona virus infection is more important, to control the crown in 6-8 weeks additional locking is required. He said this in an interview with a news agency.
Dr Balaram Bhargava, head of the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR), said in an interview that there should be strict restrictions in all districts where the incidence of corona infection is above 10% of those tested.
Currently, 533 out of 718 districts in India have a corona positivity rate above 10%. These include the major cities of New Delhi, Mumbai, and the technology hub of Bangalore.
This is Bhargava’s first comment on how a senior government official called for a lockdown in the country. However, most states across the country have a lockout-like situation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government is pulling out of the national lockout due to the economic impact. And they left the matter to state governments.
Some states have banned economic activities and public access at various levels to prevent the spread of the virus. Most are reviewed and improved on a weekly or bimonthly basis.
He said there should be a lockout in districts with high positivity rates. Exemptions can be granted when the positivity rate is between 5 and 10 percent. But that won’t improve in six to eight weeks. The head of the country’s main medical research institute, ICMR, Dr Balaram Bhargava said this in an interview at the New Delhi headquarters.
Referring to Delhi, he said Delhi is the worst affected city in India with a 35% positivity rate, which has now dropped to around 17%. Bhargava said: “It will be disastrous if Delhi opens tomorrow.”
The second wave of Corona proved fatal for India. There are approximately 350,000 cases and over 4,000 deaths every day. Hospitals and cemeteries are inundated, medical staff are in short supply, and oxygen and medicine are scarce.