Concerned about India easing blockade hastily

Many doctors and medical experts believe that India may have to welcome a new wave of Covid-19 if the social distancing is relaxed too quickly like now.

In the capital Delhi, on June 15, thousands of people crammed in subways and shopping malls after the city eased the blockade. Some doctors warn this could send the country into a third Covid-19 wave.

Many Indian cities have begun to lift strict anti-epidemic regulations after the number of nationwide infections fell to the lowest level in more than two months. The commercial center is reopened, the restaurant can welcome guests at 50% capacity. The suburban railway system is allowed to operate at 50% capacity. The offices allow employees to work alternately.

Delhi’s decision to fully reopen has worried experts. Authorities previously said they would immediately reopen the blockade if the number of infections increased. However, people were able to flood into commercial centers after a long time not being able to go out.

“Last week, Delhi’s biggest shopping malls welcomed 19,000 people as soon as they opened. Are we all crazy. Wait until Covid-19 breaks out again and start blaming the government, hospitals again. , country,” Ambrish Mithal, a doctor at Max HealthCare, wrote on Twitter.

A crowded gym in Delhi after the city reopened. Image: AFP

Early on June 15, Delhi’s metro system had to issue a notice of peak conditions, saying people might have to wait longer.

Experts say that the resumption of business and social activities will affect vaccination efforts. To date, only about 5% of India’s 950 million adults have been vaccinated. Vaccination has slowed. The Delhi government said it would close some vaccination sites for 18- to 44-year-olds on June 15 due to vaccine shortages.

“Delhi should have eased the blockade more scientifically. We are welcoming trouble,” said Arvinder Singh Soin, surgeon and president of the Institute of Regenerative Medicine and Liver Transplantation.

In the past 24 hours, India reported more than 60,000 nCoV infections, the lowest since March 31, according to data from the Ministry of Health. The total number of infections in the South Asian country is now nearly 30 million, the second highest in the world after the US.

Thuc Linh (According to the Reuters)


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