ICMR head Dr. Balram Bhargava has said districts reporting a high no. of infections should remain locked down for another 6-8 weeks, to control the spread of COVID-19. He said lockdown should remain in place in all districts with an infection rate of above 10%.

        

6-8 Week Lockdown For High Positivity Areas, Suggests Medical Body Head

WHAT?

The head of the main Indian health agency responding to the coronavirus has said districts reporting a high number of infections should remain locked down for another six to eight weeks to control the spread of the rampaging disease.

WHEN?

Wednesday, 12/05/2021

HOW?

Dr. Balram Bhargava, head of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR), said in an interview that lockdown restrictions should remain in place in all districts where the rate of infection is above 10% of those tested.

Currently, three-fourths of India's 718 districts have what is known as a test-positivity rate above 10%, including major cities like New Delhi, Mumbai, and Bengaluru.