A complete lockdown for few weeks is needed in India to contain the spread of coronavirus as its deadly second wave shows no signs of receding, suggested America's top pandemic expert and the White House chief medical adviser, Dr Anthony Fauci.
Dr Fauci prescribed a number of measures that the government should immediately adopt to flatten the curve. "Well, one of the things you really 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)", he said.
Citing reference to China, he said that they had a big explosion of coronavirus cases a year ago, they completely shut down. "And if you shut down, you don't have to shut down for six months. You can shut down temporarily to put an end to the cycle of transmission. So one of the things to be considered is to temporarily shut down. Literally, lockdown so that you wind up having less spread," he asserted.
He further stated that no one likes to lock down the country, but 'few weeks of shutdown could have a significant impact'. "Well, that's a problem when you do it for six months. But just for a few weeks of lockdown could have a significant impact on the dynamics of the outbreak," he assured.
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.