Covid-19 situation not good, India needs mini lockdown: AIIMS Chief

New Delhi: Amidst the rapidly growing cases of Covid-19 across India, AIIMS chief Randeep Guleria said on Friday (April 2) that a mini-lockdown may be needed to get a grip on the deteriorating situation. Guleria said that the situation with regard to the Covid-19 epidemic in the country is quite worrisome as the cases have been steadily increasing, especially in the last few days.

He cautioned that maintaining social discrimination, that is, maintaining a six-foot distance from each other, is necessary even for those who have been vaccinated against the virus. He also suggested people to wear masks in public places.

The AIIMS chief attributed the negligence of the people, especially public functions, to the spurt in Covid’s affairs. In his message to the people, Guleria said, “Negligence causes disease.”

He said that the country needs about 200 crore doses to vaccinate the entire population. Although the rate of recovery has been found to be higher among children, Guleria said, it is a cause for concern that many children are experiencing infections. He also stressed the need to create a containment area, so that the spread of the virus can be kept in check.

India has recorded its highest one-day spike in corona cases in the past six months, with 89,129 new infection cases detected in a 24-hour period.

According to data from the Union Ministry of Health, a total of 89,129 cases were registered in the new cases recorded on Friday, increasing the number of infected to 1,23,92,260. The epidemic has killed more than 469 people in the last 24 hours, taking the total death toll to 1,64,141. While registering steady growth for the 23rd day, active cases have increased to 6,14,696, while the total recovery is 1,15,69,241.

(With agency inputs)