torsdag 20. mai 2021

Calls are growing for another nationwide India lockdown. That's not realistic

Millions of Indians are living under a mix of locally-imposed coronavirusrestrictions, as the central government resists calls from leading medical experts for a nationwide lockdown. The Indian Medical Association earlier this month said a "complete, well-planned, pre-announced national lockdown" for 10 to 15 days would give the country's overstretched health system time to "recoup and replenish both the material and manpower" it needs.

And top US coronavirus advisor, Dr. Anthony Fauci on May 9 said of India: "You've got to shut down ... you need to break the chain of transmission." However, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government has done that before, and learned a very painful lesson. Experts say shutting down the nation again is not realistic. When the first wave of the virus hit India in March 2020, Modi announced a sweeping national lockdown hours before it went into effect, shutting state borders, suspending inter-state travel, halting businesses and requiring people to stay at home.