Coronavirus Outbreak: Extension of lockdown right decision amid spiking Covid-19 cases, says Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

Extension of the nation-wide lockdown is the right decision as India is witnessing a surge in the number of novel coronavirus infections, Biocon Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw said

Press Trust of India April 14, 2020 16:34:36 IST
Coronavirus Outbreak: Extension of lockdown right decision amid spiking Covid-19 cases, says Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

New Delhi: Extension of the nation-wide lockdown is the right decision as India is witnessing a surge in the number of novel coronavirus infections, Biocon Chairperson Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw said.

“The extension of pan-India lockdown till 3 May, 2020, is an important and right decision taken by the Prime Minister. India is registering a spike in the number of COVID-19 cases and this is not the time to let our guard down," Mazumdar-Shaw told PTI.

Enforcing stricter curbs is critical as any laxity in following lockdown guidelines can worsen the situation, she added.

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File image of Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw. Reuters

Highlighting the importance of social distancing in curbing the spread of the pandemic, Mazumdar-Shaw said, it "is the best social vaccine for COVID-19 in the current circumstances".

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Every Indian needs to take up the responsibility of checking the spread of this lethal viral pandemic by adopting all necessary precautions, she added.

"The extension of the lockdown will buy India more time to ramp up medical supplies and healthcare infrastructure even as we work to limit the emergence of new COVID-19 transmission hotspots," Mazumdar-Shaw said.

Calibrated economic activity can be pursued based on the assessment of the cessation of the spread of the viral infection, but for now extension of the lockdown is the most optimal decision, she added.

"I believe, the PM’s Saptapadi (7-step) guideline encapsulates what we need to do as a country to win this fight against COVID-19 must be followed in letter and spirit, Mazumdar-Shaw said.

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