Lockdown Doesn't Defeat Coronavirus :Rahul Gandhi's message to Centre

Lockdown Doesn't Defeat Coronavirus :Rahul Gandhi's message to Centre

A nationwide lockdown will only pause the deadly coronavirus, but not defeat it, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi said today, recommending that the government go for testing "aggressively and strategically". He also suggested that there should be two zones in India - hotspot and non-hotspot.

"In no way does a lockdown defeat the virus. It helps only to stop the virus for a short while. The only way to do this is to increase testing," the Congress MP said, addressing the media through a video app.

"If we don't take measures, we will be forced to go into lockdown again."

Right now, he said, the government was chasing the virus, which would never give the correct picture of the pandemic in India.

"Currently testing levels are too low. I am proposing scaling up testing. Maximise testing and use testing strategically, to assist states in their fight," Mr Gandhi, an MP from Kerala's Wayanad, said, adding, "Don't take it as criticism."

All other nations had started procuring testing kits but in India, they were miniscule, according to the former Congress chief. "It's a reality that there is a shortage of rapid COVID Testing Kits. We have to find out a way forward," he said