Lockdown may not be enough to contain coronavirus spread in
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Former Reserve Bank of India Governor Raghuram Rajan, Indian Economist has said that the lockdown in India, largest such exercise in the world, may not be enough to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus in the country,

"This is a serious concern because not only does the lockdown keep people from going to work, it keeps them at home which is not necessarily that pristine isolated place but can also be a slum where people live together. It may be hard to prevent infections from spreading,” he added saying the lockdown will create a substantial hardship for the poorer sections of the society.

Raghuram Rajan also cited the country's weak infrastructure as a hindrance to the government's covid fight, saying all resources need to be used to tackle the current health crisis. Getting money to people without livelihoods so they have money to spend, getting food into such areas and keeping public services running would be some of the biggest challenges India faces in the next three weeks. The magnitude of these issues will become even more difficult for a locked-down India, Rajan emphasized.

Speaking about a global fight, the former RBI chief said that confusion and lack of coordination between countries are expected. "Every country is overwhelmed, some confusion is understandable. You want to first get medical supplies for your own country before you think about the rest of the world. But the disease, he said, must be eradicated from all parts, or it will “come back to hit you eventually”.

He called upon rich countries to help mobilize resources to under-developed nations so that they have a fair chance to fight the pandemic. "Think of the poor countries that already start with a paucity of ventilators and are dealing with the same crisis,” Rajan said.

Rajan also talked about a possible second or even third wave of the coronavirus outbreak, saying all eyes should be on China to track the progress. Asia's third-largest economy's move to shut borders and close down businesses has also sparked fear of an impending recession. India’s equity market witnessed massive selloff, tracking its global peers. However, Rajan said it would be incorrect to compare this to the 2008 financial crisis.

Source: https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/policy/lockdown-may-not-be-enough-to-contain-coronavirus-spread-in-india-rajan/articleshow/74827636.cms?from=mdr
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People should be encouraged to get into a healthy lifestyle of doing some exercises at home (for at least 5 to 20 minutes every day); such habits can be easily encouraged to be adopted now (through the COVID publicity programs) while people remain confined at home and have lot of spare time. A few minutes of exercise will improve the body immunity quite a lot, which improved immunity then obviously can improve outcomes if any of these people get afflicted by any infection including COVID 19. This established fact known to the doctors should be published adequately.... Read more
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