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Lift the lockdown

An extension will only increase the human cost

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Lockdown | Coronavirus | PM Narendra Modi

Business Standard Editorial Comment 



In his meeting with chief ministers on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi rightly pointed out that importance needed to be given to the economy as well. It’s high time the government walked the PM’s talk and decided against a continuation of the beyond May 3. While some chief ministers are reportedly in favour of extending the to contain the spread of Covid-19, there are strong reasons for lifting restrictions on economic activity in a meaningful way. There was some logic to the first extension, beyond April 14, because there was no sign till then that the number of new cases daily was flattening. Now there is: The rate of new cases doubling has dropped to nine days, from four. While the absolute number of new cases daily is still growing, the growth rate has flattened. And the number of deaths is still under 1,000, which is not very high, considering the number of deaths from other preventable causes. The non-availability of medical infrastructure for other morbidities is also resulting in a loss of lives. So, unless new hotspots emerge or there is a second wave of infections, it is reasonable to say that the so far has produced the hoped-for results.

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First Published: Mon, April 27 2020. 22:59 IST

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