Though the lockdown in India is supposed to end on May 3, experts suggest the country might lose its momentum in the fight against coronavirus if restrictions are not extended further.
hough the lockdown in India is supposed to end on May 3, experts suggest the country might lose its momentum in the fight against coronavirus if restrictions are not extended further.
In an exclusive interview to India Today, Richard Horton, editor-in-chief of leading health journal “The Lancet”, warned that the minimum lockdown in India has to be 10 weeks, else all the good work achieved during this period will be lost and we would be in a situation far worse.
“The epidemic in each country won’t go on forever, it will burn itself out. Countries are doing the right thing to control the outbreak. If the lockdown is successful in India, you could see a decline in the epidemic around the end of a 10-week time course,” Horton said on Wednesday.
India Today Data Intelligence Unit (DIU) scanned countries that have either lifted the lockdown or are planning to do so within the next 2-3 weeks and analysed how they have fared so far.
8-week lockdown in worst-hit countries
The United States, despite having the highest number of Covid-19 cases, has not announced a nationwide lockdown yet. Governors of several states have ordered people to stay at home and closed all public places but not without retaliation.
It was reported that in some states, people took to the streets demanding an end to the lockdown. President Donald Trump is also keen to reopen America, notwithstanding the fact that the country reported 8.5 lakh cases as of Thursday morning.
Spain, the second most affected country with over 2 lakh cases, has been under lockdown since March 14. On Wednesday, the Spanish government extended the lockdown till May 9. Thus the lockdown in Spain will last for at least 57 days.