Indian capital New Delhi is unlikely to impose a nationwide lockdown, though states and UTs have been advised to take stringent measures and implement “customised lockdowns” to break the chain of transmission and curb the spread of infection, official sources said.
Amid rapidly rising daily new cases of infection and a highly strained health infrastructure, many states are contemplating in movement, Times of India reported.Nearly 10 states and UTs have imposed some form of restrictions. The health ministry has already suggested a strict lockdown in at least around 150 districts with high positivity rate beyond 15%.
Officials in the ministry and the Covid-19 taskforce are also concerned about high positivity among returnees from Kumbh and in the absence of lockdown, they can be potential super-spreaders in Tier 2 and 3 cities.
While giving a free hand to states to decide parameters of restrictions, the Centre has stressed on the urgent need to ramp up health infrastructure by roping in small nursing homes and hospitals for augmenting the medical infrastructure. Besides, it suggested that to be opened in hotels, stadiums etc, as per the protocol.