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NEW DELHI: The Centre is unlikely to impose a nationwide lockdown, though states and UTs have been advised to take stringent measures and implement “customised lockdowns” to break the chain of transmission and curb the spread of Covid-19 infection, official sources said.
Amid rapidly rising daily new cases of infection and a highly strained health infrastructure, many states are contemplating stringent restrictions in movement. Nearly 10 states and UTs have imposed some form of restrictions.
The health ministry has already suggested a strict lockdown in at least around 150 districts with high positivity rate beyond 15%. Officials in the ministry and the Covid-19 taskforce are also concerned about high positivity among returnees from Kumbh and in the absence of lockdown, they can be potential super-spreaders in Tier 2 and 3 cities.
On Saturday, 3.92 lakh new cases were registered from across the country with 10 states accounting for almost 73% of the cases. Ten states include Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Delhi, Karnataka, Kerala, Chhattisgarh, West Bengal, Tamil Nadu, Andhra Pradesh and Rajasthan.
With more than 3 lakh daily cases of Covid-19 for over last ten days, hospitals, morgues and crematoriums in many states and UTs, including those in Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and Karnataka are overwhelming as patients and their families are scrambling to find hospital beds, oxygen support and essential medicines.
However, the Centre is concerned that a nationwide lockdown will have a devastating impact on the economy as it will lead to job losses and particularly impact migrant labour.
While giving a free hand to states to decide parameters of restrictions, the Centre has stressed on the urgent need to ramp up health infrastructure by roping in small nursing homes and hospitals for augmenting the medical infrastructure. Besides, it suggested that Covid Care Centres to be opened in hotels, stadiums etc, as per the protocol.
Amid some reports suggesting that scientists working on the SUTRA model cautioned in March about the second wave but attention was not paid to it, the scientists said the reports are “incorrect”.
“A meeting was called on 2nd April to seek our inputs by one of the very senior officers of the government coordinating the national pandemic response. We indicated that the SUTRA model predicted the second wave to peak by the third week of April and to stay most likely around 1 lakh daily cases. Clearly the model predictions in this instance were incorrect…,” the team of scientists said in a statement. They also said that a mathematical model can only predict future with some certainty so long as virus dynamics and its transmissibility don’t change substantially over time.

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