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Few Weeks Of Lockdown May Break The Chain Of Coronavirus In India: Says Top U.S. Adviser

Few Weeks Of Lockdown May Break The Chain Of Coronavirus In India: Says Top U.S. Adviser

Top US epidemiologist Anthony Fauci has suggested a complete lockdown for a few weeks in India as an immediate step to contain the spread of COVID-19 as its deadly second wave shows no signs of ebbing.

Dr. Fauci, in an interview, said another most important thing in the immediate is to get supplies of oxygen, medication, PPEs. He also said looking at the magnitude of the crisis, India should look at putting together a crisis group that would meet and starts getting things organized.
Without naming any government, he said one of the things that should have been recognized that "victory was declared maybe too prematurely".

"Well, one of the things you need to do, to the extent that you can, is shut down temporarily the country, I think is important. If we want to time out and go back to what I said: there is the immediate, the intermediate, and the long-range (measures to contain the virus)."

"I think the most important thing in the immediate is to get oxygen, get supplies, get medication, get PPE, those kinds of things but also, one of the immediate things to do is to essentially call a shutdown of the country," said Dr. Fauci, who is the Chief Medical Adviser to the Biden administration.

He said when China had a big explosion of coronavirus cases a year ago, they completely shut down.

Dr. Fauci said it is not necessary to shut down for six months, but it can be a temporary one to put an end to the cycle of transmission. "So, one of the things to be considered is to temporarily shut down," he said.

"Lockdown so that you wind up having less spread. No one likes to lock down the country. Well, that's a problem when you do it for six months," he said.
"But just for a few weeks of lockdown could have a significant impact on the dynamics of the outbreak," he added.

Some states have imposed a lockdown. Last month, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said lockdown should be the "last resort" to deal with the raging pandemic and asked states to convince migrant workers to stay put at their places of work with a guarantee for their lives and livelihood.

Breaching its all previous records, India today hit a record daily high with over 4 lakh new infections, while the active cases crossed the 32-lakh mark.
The second wave of the coronavirus has been devastating, infecting lakhs and killing thousands every day for the past few days. There have been cases where people have died due to a lack of medical facilities, including oxygen. In many cases, families have to arrange oxygen for their patients as they are not able to get admission to hospitals.

"I heard from some of the people in the street bringing their mothers and their fathers and their sisters and their brothers searching for oxygen. They seem to think there was not an organization, any central organization," Dr. Fauci said.

Underlining that vaccination plays a crucial role in handling the coronavirus situation, Dr. Fauci said if India, a country of 1.4 billion people, has fully vaccinated only two percent of its total population, then it has a very long way to go.

"You've got to get supplies. You've got to make contractual arrangements with the various companies that are out there in the world. Many companies now have vaccines. I think you have to negotiate with them to try and get a commitment," he said.

"And also, India is the largest vaccine-producing country in the world. That's the thing you should rev up your own capabilities to make vaccines," he added.

SOURCE-THEINDIANEXPRESS

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