No benefit from mini lockdown, 14 days required: Randeep Guleria

Most states are re-imposing lockdowns in the wake of the resurgent Corona virus case in the country. However, Dr Randeep Guleria, director of the AIIMS in Delhi, disagreed with the lockdown imposed by various states.

Dr Guleria says a temporary lockdown will not help reduce corona infection. States will have to impose a lockdown for at least 14 days if the corona chain is to be broken. It may be noted that the Uttar Pradesh government has announced a complete lockdown for 55 hours, while in Maharashtra, the Uddhav Thackeray government has announced a 10-day lockdown in Pune.

Speaking about Corona at an economic conference organized by SBI, Dr. Guleria, Director, AIIMS, said that Corona has reached its peak in the country. The next few days will see improvement in many states of the country. During this time the number of corona infected patients will increase. Guleria acknowledged that corona numbers could take a while to subside.

Gularia’s statement came at a time when the number of corona-infected patients has crossed one lakh in just three days. “People are taking advantage of the unlock,” said Dr Guleria. People have stopped following social distance. The system should constantly monitor the clusters and the containment area. There is no point in doing a lockdown in the whole city.

The government should identify the containment areas and enforce the lockdown there. In Maharashtra, which has become the hub of the corona virus, 226 people died due to corona infection on Friday. This is the highest death toll due to corona in the state. While a total of 7,862 positive cases of corona came up. According to the health department, the total number of newly infected people in the state has risen to 2,38,461, of whom 1,32,625 have recovered and 9,893 have died.