India’s active caseload conceded the 34 lakh-mark with 3,68,147 fresh infections added in the last 24 hours, six per cent lower than yesterday’s spike. Over 3,417 Covid-linked deaths have been reported since yesterday, taking total deaths to 2,18,959.

Earlier last week, top US epidemiologist Anthony Fauci had suggested a lockdown for a few weeks in India as an immediate step to contain the spread of the coronavirus as its deadly second wave shows no signs of receding. “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)”, said Fauci, in an interview to a leading media house in India.

Also, the Supreme Court of India has urged the Centre and states “to consider striking a lockdown to break the chain in the interest of public welfare”. A three-member apex court bench, comprising Justice D Y Chandrachud, Justice L Nageswara Rao and Justice Ravindra Bhat said, “We are cognizant of the socio-economic impact of a lockdown, specifically, on the marginalized communities… thus, in case the measure of a lockdown is imposed, arrangements must be made beforehand to cater to the needs of these communities.”

However, PM Modi, in his last address to the nation had frazzled that use of lockdown should be the “last resort” and that the focus should rather be on micro-containment zones. Well, with the rising number of cases, it seems like lockdown is the only possible solution to break the spreading chain of COVID.


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