Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and top White House coronavirus adviser, says he believes India should lock down. Again.
Fauci said on ABC’s This Week
“You’ve got to shut down.
I believe several of the Indian states have already done that, but you need to break the chain of transmission, and one of the ways to do that is to shut down,”
In another interview on Friday, Fauci added such a lockdown was needed to
“get ahead of the trajectory of the outbreak I don’t mean shutting down for six months. You just need to break the chain of transmission. And one can do that by shutting down to the extent possible for two, three weeks, four weeks. And then, as soon as the cases start coming down and you vaccinate more people, then you can get ahead of the trajectory of the outbreak.”
On Saturday, The Indian Medical Association (IMA said it had been calling for for the past 20 days, a
“complete, well-planned, pre-announced national lockdown”
The lockdown, it said, needed to last about 10 to 15 days in order to give the country’s overstretched health system time to
“recoup and replenish both the material and manpower.”
Indian Prime Minister Modi is under increasing pressure to impose a nationwide lockdown as the country grapples with the world’s worst COVID outbreak. (Meanwhile, he pushes forward, despite opposition, with his $1.8 billion plan to expand Parliament & build himself a new palace…)
According to CNN,
On Monday, India reported 366,161 new cases, its health ministry said — the first time daily infections have dipped below 400,000 since May 6. Its total caseload is now more than 22 million since the pandemic began. The health ministry also reported an additional 3,754 virus-related deaths on Monday, after two consecutive days of reporting more than 4,000 fatalities. The country has now recorded 246,116 total Covid-19 deaths — among the highest in the world — with the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington estimating that by August, India may have reached 1 million deaths.
India’s health care system is beyond breaking point. Beds, oxygen and medical workers are in short supply. Some Covid patients are dying in waiting rooms or outside overwhelmed clinics, before they have even been seen by a doctor.
As India’s coronavirus crisis worsens, new waves of infections are fast engulfing a growing number of nations across South and Southeast Asia. In Nepal, hospitals are closing their doors to new patients as they struggle through a dire oxygen shortage. The Om Hospital and Research Center in Kathmandu said Sunday it was unable to admit new patients amid a “crisis of oxygen.” It is one of six private hospitals in Nepal’s capital Kathmandu to stop admitting Covid patients due to lack of oxygen supplies.