New Delhi: In the last 24 hours, India reported 35 new deaths and 773 new positive cases, taking the total number of cases to 5,194 and the death toll to 149. The new figures come at a time when India has already crossed the half-way mark of the 21-day lockdown and discussions are on whether to extend the lockdown or not. According to reports, a cluster containment report prepared by the health ministry was in favour of lifting the lockdown but that doesn’t mean allowing free movement. The proposed plan was to ease the lockdown situation while identifying the vulnerable clusters. However, the states are in favour of an extension. A Group of Ministers has suggested keeping educational and religious institutions under shutdown for 21 days. Also Read - How Novel Coronavirus Affects Your Nervous System?
But when is a good time to lift the shutdown. For example, Wuhan — the epicentre of the virus outbreak — lifted the shutdown after 76 days when there were no new cases being reported from the place. Also Read - Virus May be an Invisible Enemy, But Our COVID-19 Warriors Are Invincible: PM Modi
A report by the American Enterprise Institute has spelt out four conditions to be fulfilled for relaxing restrictions. Also Read - Over 8,000 COVID-19 Cases Recorded in India For Second Straight Day, Total Tally Goes Beyond 1.90 Lakh Mark; Death Toll at 5,394 | 10 Points
1. A sustained reduction in cases for at least 14 days
2. Hospitals in the state are safely able to treat all patients requiring hospitalisation without resorting to crisis standards of care.
3. The state is able to test all people with COVID-19 symptoms
4. The state is able to conduct active monitoring of confirmed cases and their contacts.