The Lancet India Task Force says that full lockdown is not an option to prevent coronavirus, while different steps can be taken at different places.
In the new wave of Coronavirus in the country, the rate of increase of new cases of infection is very high. As the corona cases increase, the chain of deaths continues. In the last 24 hours, 3,68,147 new cases of infection have been reported and 3,417 people have died. Meanwhile, the Lancet India task force has given some suggestions to the central government to prevent the spread of infection. In these suggestions, the Lancet India Task Force has refused to adopt a nationwide lockdown. The panel says that there should be a complete ban on gatherings of more than 10 persons at any place.
The panel, in its recommendations, mainly recommended estimating and improving daily reported cases, growth rates in new cases daily, positivity rates, corona testing occurring daily and the number of ICU beds. At the same time, the panel has also recommended that measures to prevent infection take into account the economic consequences of all measures, along with people from all sections of society, and ensure that the implementation of lockdown For example, the weakest section of the society does not have to face problems due to steps.
‘Full lockdown? No ‘: Lancet India Task Force
The Lancet India Task Force says that full lockdown is not an option to prevent infection, while different steps can be taken at different places. Lockdown may be required in areas where the infection is spreading rapidly, but where the pace of infection is low, other prevention measures can be adopted. The panel said that the rate of increase in reported new cases in the month of April averaged 6.8 percent, while the rate of increase in new deaths reported during the same period was 8.3 percent. The panel says that there are more than 2.7 million active cases in the country at present, in view of this and to reduce the increase in new cases, it is necessary to strengthen the health system at this time.
Areas should be divided based on risk
The panel said that no one can advocate full lockdown, so it is necessary to divide the country into separate zones – low risk zones, medium risk zones and high risk zones or hotspots.
The panel said that in areas where the pace of infection cases is low, there should be limited restrictions. As schools and colleges can be opened, shops, restaurants, temples, offices and factories can be opened with the adherence to social distancing and 50 percent capacity.
The panel also said that although more than 50 people should not be allowed to attend any place, the mask and social distancing should be strictly adhered to. Necessary services such as food and beverage, medical sector, local transport, public works and administrative services may remain open, as well as to further improve the immunization program to prevent further increase in cases of infection in such zones. needed.
The panel says that in areas where the growth rate of new cases is between 2 and 5 per cent and the test positive ratio is between 5 and 10 per cent and the percentage of ICU beds is also between 40 and 80 per cent, indoor gathering is prohibited. Should be installed However, schools can be opened at such places, along with necessary services should be open, so that the weaker sections of the society can also be helped.
At the same time, hotspots where the growth rate of new cases is more than 5 percent and test positivity ratio is more than 10 percent, as well as the percentage of ICU beds is less than 40 percent, there should be all restrictions except for some essential services, such as schools And colleges should be closed, shops, restaurants, offices, temples should be closed for at least 6 to 10 weeks. The services needed to support the weaker sections of the society should be open, along with RT PCR and rapid antigen testing should be expedited in such areas.
‘Saving life is priority, there is still time’
The panel said that saving lives is a priority and the country still has time to improve its health system to prevent infections in the coming days, such as training more and more medical staff, ICU beds Increasing the number, speeding up the testing and improving the supply of oxygen, etc. At the same time, the panel says that there should be no restriction on domestic travel, especially travel by train or road, as such trips are the first means for the poor.
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