Covid-19 fourth wave scare: Does India need to impose a lockdown? Ex-AIIMS director answers as cases rise in China | India News


New Delhi: In view of the rise in Covid-19 cases in China and other countries, Dr Randeep Guleria, former director of AIIMS, said India needs to strengthen its vigilance and surveillance. He also said that a new outbreak of severe coronavirus cases and hospitalization is “girlish” because people in India have the advantage of “hybrid immunity” – natural immunity from infection boosted by vaccines. Dr Guleria said India’s current Covid-19 scenario also does not warrant restricting international flights or imposing a lockdown.

“Overall, there is no increase in the number of Covids and India is in a comfortable situation today. In the current situation, there is no need to restrict or impose a lockdown on international flights,” he told news agency PTI on Friday (December 23, 2022). ).

Past experiences show that banning flights is not effective in stopping the transmission of the infection, he said.

“Furthermore, the data suggests that the Omicron subvariant BF.7, which is driving the rise in China, has already been found in our country,” said the former AIIMS director.

Asked whether a lockdown is needed in the coming days, Dr Guleria said: “No new outbreak of severe Covid cases and hospitalizations are unlikely because the Indian population has hybrid immunity, very good vaccination coverage and natural infection.”

“Considering the current situation and the good level of hybrid immunity in the population, there does not seem to be any need for a blockade,” he added.

It is worth noting that India has stepped up surveillance and genome sequencing of Covid-19 positive samples as cases in China, Japan, the US, South Korea, Brazil, France and other countries have increased.

China, where the virus is spreading like wildfire, has now been hit by the highly transmissible Omicron BF.7 strain.

BF.7 is a sublineage of the Omicron BA.5 variant and has the strongest infectivity, being highly transmissible. It has a shorter incubation period, and the vaccinated person is also more capable of causing reinfection or infection.

India records 227 new Covid-19 infections, active coronavirus cases rise to 3,424

Meanwhile, India recorded 227 new coronavirus infections, while active cases rose to 3,424, according to Union Health Ministry data updated on Sunday. An increase of 27 cases was recorded in active Covid-19 cases within 24 hours.

The country’s overall number of Covid-19 cases has now risen to 4,46,77,106, while the death toll stands at 5,30,693 with two new deaths, data updated at 8 am showed.

According to the ministry, active cases account for 0.01 percent of all infections, and the national recovery rate for Covid-19 has risen to 98.80 percent.

According to the Ministry of Health, 220.05 million doses of the Covid-19 vaccine have been administered in the country so far.

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