Purpose of Lockdown and What it Has Done?
It is important to note, the purpose of lockdown was not that the disease will die out on itself. Professor of Medicine in Stanford University, Jay Bhattacharya said alternate policy proposals like testing, contact tracing, and quarantining the infected population cannot work considering the epidemic is widespread already and the chances of its spread through the asymptomatic population. So, the number of COVID-19 cases would have risen exponentially if the lockdown was not implemented. Lockdown has lowered the COVID rate of growth for sure. Many doctors believe it helped in breaking the chain of transmission.
Lockdown also bought time to create awareness among people and prepare the medical infrastructure to handle the pandemic. As mentioned above, it is inevitable new infections will occur after lockdown is lifted and restrictions are relaxed. The high surge in cases is only in some locations – mostly in densely populated cities. There are still many unaffected areas free of Coronavirus. On the other hand, it is possible there were lapses on timing of lockdown and the way it was executed. Some experts now suggest lockdown only in infected areas could have been a better strategy instead of locking down entire nation and pushing people into trouble of other kinds.
About Criticism of Rahul Gandhi
Rahul Gandhi, leader of opposition party Indian National Congress has been a staunch critic of the Narendra Modi government’s measures and decisions to contain the pandemic. Many viewers criticized the point conveyed with the graph he shared on Twitter terming lockdown a failure. Few days before on 30th May, BJP president J P Nadda slammed Rahul Gandhi for his criticism of the Modi government’s handling of the COVID-19 situation. He said the Congress leader’s understanding of these issues is limited and his statements are all about politics, not addressing the crisis.
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