A second Covid lockdown in Delhi is “not a solution”, Health Minister Satyendar Jain said today, after the national capital on Friday night reported over 1,500 new cases for a second straight day.
He referred to medical experts who’ve suggested the coronavirus – or a variant of the virus – will continue to circulate for years to come, and said “we’ll have to learn to live with it”, echoing comments made by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal in May last year.
“There is no possibility of a lockdown. Earlier there was a logic behind it. No one knew how the virus (would) spread. We were told if you close all activities for 21 days it will stop. So lockdown continued… but, despite this, the virus did not go away. I think lockdown is not a solution,” he said.
“It is a recurring disease. Experts said from the beginning ‘do not believe it will be finished immediately’. We will have to learn to live with it,” he said, while also urging residents to get themselves vaccinated as soon as they become eligible.
Given experts’ belief the virus is likely to remain active for the foreseeable future, Mr Jain also stressed on the need to follow rules – including using face masks and maintaining social distance.
“People wore masks for two or three months… then they stopped. This is wrong. We don’t know how the virus behaves. I appeal to the people.. the more people who wear masks, the better the spread of the virus can be controlled,” he said.
He also said vaccination times in the city had been extended – now from 9 am to 9 pm – and that a six-hour window – between 3 pm and 9 pm – would be open for those without appointments.
The third phase of the vaccine drive – in which all those over 45 can get the shot – begins April 1.
News source: NDTV