Coronavirus: Lockdown like a ‘pause’ button, not a solution, says Rahul Gandhi | India News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Thursday criticised the federal government’s coverage on tackling novel coronavirus, saying that the imposed lockdown is nothing however a “pause” button that’s solely going to delay the unfold of the virus.
“Lockdown is in no way a solution to the Covid-19. Lockdown is like a pause button. When we come out of the lockdown, the virus is going to start its work again,” he mentioned.
The Congress chief mentioned that the lockdown is barely going to lock up the illness and testing must be ramped as much as deal with the scenario.
“This has to be done via testing. India’s testing rate is very low, we need to ramp up testing. You need two zones — hotspot and non-hotspot. When you lock people up, the disease gets locked up. When you open the door, the disease comes out,” he added.
He additional mentioned that the novel coronavirus an infection “cannot” be managed, it may solely be “managed.
“Push testing aggressively and use testing strategically. To help the states of their battle, use it not to only observe sufferers however to create a map of India to see the place the virus is shifting,” the Congress chief recommended.
Rahul additionally warned the federal government of an impending meals scarcity disaster and urged the federal government to be ready for it beforehand.
“Government ought to open up the meals shares and make them out there to the poor, preemptively,” he mentioned.
He additionally spoke in favour of “decentralisation” to handle the continuing migrant disaster being reported from a number of elements of the nation within the wake of the lockdown.
The Congress chief additionally hailed the administration at district and state stage for successfully tackling the unfold of coronavirus.
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“To battle in opposition to Covid-19, our important drive is working on the state and district ranges. Success has been achieved in Wayanad, Kerala as a result of of the efficient equipment on the district stage,” he added.
On Wednesday, he demanded that emergency ration playing cards must be issued to these going through a scarcity of foodgrains throughout the lockdown enforced to comprise coronavirus.
In a tweet, he had mentioned lakhs of folks have been unable to take profit of the general public distribution system (PDS) as they do not have ration playing cards.
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The lockdown, which was to finish on April 14, has been prolonged until May three to forestall the unfold of coronavirus.
Earlier this month, he had taken a dig on the BJP-led authorities over the way in which lockdown was enforced, saying no nation with such a enormous quantity of migrant labourers has tried it with out arranging for his or her keep and meals.
The dying toll on account of coronavirus rose to 414 and the quantity of circumstances to 12,380 within the nation on Thursday, in line with the Union well being ministry. While the quantity of energetic COVID-19 circumstances is 10,477, as many as 1,488 folks have been cured and discharged and one had migrated, it mentioned. The whole quantity of circumstances embrace 76 international nationals. Twenty-two deaths have been reported since Wednesday night.

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