Dr. Fauci, who is loved by some and hated by many, has declared that India should begin a strict lockdown.
COVID-19 lockdowns have been standard for countries in the past year that have been hit with an influx of positive cases. India is the latest country to be demoralized by COVID-19. There is a lack of vaccines, and hospital beds are filled.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has established a plan to get vaccines rolled out to citizens. However, there are a variety of flaws with his new tactics. People throughout the nation and world, including Dr. Fauci, have given their two senses on the situation.
Dr. Fauci’s Comments
Dr. Fauci began the pandemic as a hero but quickly turned to a villain when he continued to retract his statements about the virus. Some people trust Dr. Fauci, but his continued effort to mask vaccinated individuals has caused tension in parts of the United States.
Dr. Fauci, the highest-paid employee in the United States Federal Government, made his opinion clear about the ongoing COVID-19 debacle in India in a recent appearance on ABC. He said,
“You’ve got to shut down. I believe several of the Indian states have already done that, but you need to break the chain of transmission, and one of the ways to do that is to shut down.”
He added by declaring, “I don’t mean shutting down for six months. You just need to break the chain of transmission. And one can do that by shutting down to the extent possible for two, three weeks, four weeks. And then, as soon as the cases start coming down and you vaccinate more people, then you can get ahead of the trajectory of the outbreak.”
The Indian Medical Association Agrees
Dr. Fauci added validity to previous comments made by the Indian Medical Association. The association has been calling for an organized lockdown for the past three weeks. They claimed that the Indian lockdown must occur between ten days and two weeks for multiple reasons besides limiting contact.
The new plan in India is for the vaccine suppliers in the country to support the domestic problem before shipping shots internationally. The lockdown would help producers ramp up production while the virus calms so health workers can combat COVID-19 after two weeks.
Indian states have established sporadic restrictions, but these have not done enough to make a dent in the number of positive cases throughout the country. India is no stranger to lockdowns because, in March of 2020, a government order helped the nation only have 500 cases and ten deaths.
Nevertheless, leniency in the past few months combined with the celebration of religious festivals has caused an uncontrollable outbreak in the nation. On Monday, deaths were down to 3,754 after two straight days of 4,000 fatalities.
There have been over 22 million positive cases in the country since the virus was first discovered. This is a far cry from the initial 500 cases in March. These 22 million cases have led India to 246,116 related COVID-19 deaths, which is the highest globally.