India saw a new record of 4,205 Covid – 19 fatalities in a day taking the death toll to 2,54,197, while 3,48,421 new coronavirus infections were reported, according to the Union Health Ministry data updated on May 12.
Responding to the Coronavirus situation, The head of the main Indian health agency said that the districts reporting a high number of infections should remain locked down for another six to eight weeks to control the spread of the rampaging disease.
During an interview, Dr Balram Bhargava, head of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) said that the lockdown restrictions should remain in place in all districts where the rate of infection is above 10% of those tested.
“The high positivity districts should remain shut. If the positivity rate come to 5% from 10% we can open them, but that has to happen. That won’t happen in six to eight weeks, clearly,” he added.
Speaking on the capital city, Bhargava said “If Delhi is opened tomorrow, it will be a disaster”. Delhi registered 13, 287 new coronavirus cases on May 12. Though the positivity rate has dropped to 17.03 per cent from 35 per cent.
For the first time a senior government official has drawn attention on the importance on a lockdown to stop covid spread.
According to the media reports, ICMR was disappointed about political leaders addressing large rallies and allowing religious gatherings. As, the PM himself had addressed several of the political meetings, neglecting the seriousness of the condition India is facing right now.
The deadly second wave in India has caught a weak public health system unaware and unable to cope. Hospitals in India have been facing an acute shortage of oxygen/ICU beds and ventilators ever since the second wave of coronavirus infections hit the country with rampaging ferocity.
Meanwhile, the current government is not imposing a nationwide lockdown as they fear economic impact and has left it to state governments to decide. Though, several states have enforced complete State-wide shutdowns while others have only implemented partial curbs on public places and the movement of people.