Country's Covid19 count rises to 4,421 with 354 new cases

08 Avril, 2020, 01:56 | Auteur: Yves Courtet
  • Coronavirus Centre urges media to not speculate about extension of 21-day lockdown

But with COVID-19 numbers steadily rising, several states have requested the Centre for an extended lockdown.

Reviewing the strategy of cluster containment, the official added that the strategy is producing positive results, especially in Agra, Gautam Buddh Nagar, Pathanamthitta, Bhilwara & East Delhi. Read our coronavirus live blog for all the latest news and updates " If we take the "R0" to be 2.5 then one positive person can infect 406 people in 30 days, if the lockdown and social distancing measures are not in place, but if social exposure is reduced by 75 per cent then that one sick person will only be able to infect only 2.5 persons", Agarwal said, highlighting the importance of the ongoing 21-day lockdown and social distancing.

Stating that India had moved from local transmission phase to the next higher scale of large outbreaks amenable to containment phase, Mr Agarwal said three types of health care facilities have been set up for various categories of COVID-19 cases for triaging and decision-makingfor identification of the appropriate dedicated facility and for providing care to patients. "It will be funded through the NDRF budget operated by the health ministry for this objective", it said. "I am for the lockdown of the country furthermore after April 15".

Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot also favoured a phased withdrawal of the lockdown, saying it can not be done immediately after the 21-day period ends. Addressing a press conference through video conferencing, he said saving lives is important and no step should be taken that would endanger lives.

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In Karnataka, Medical Education Minister K Sudhakar also said that it should be lifted in a phased manner. "But we can not get back lives", K. Chandrasekhar Rao told reporters. "As and when any decision is taken on the lockdown, we will bring it to your notice", Agarwal said.

"We can not withdraw lockdown immediately". India has 4,421 coronavirus cases and 115 deaths, comparatively less than some countries such as the United States where fatalities from the respiratory disease have topped 10,000. The leaders of the eastern states of Assam and Chhattisgarh said that they would like to keep the state borders closed or allow only restricted entry while they dealt with the infections.

A group of ministers formed by the government's met at Defense minister Rajnath Singh's residence on Tuesday, where the issue of post-shutdown scenario came up but no decision was taken on when to end it, said sources who attended the meeting.

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