Lifting the lockdown

02 AUG,2020 | MEDC


 

Most parts of India continue to remain under lockdowns imposed by their respective state governments. Sooner or later, these lockdowns will have to be lifted. The economic argument against lockdowns is powerful and obvious. The prevalence of substandard medical infrastructure cannot be an excuse for the continuation of lockdowns, as it jeopardizes the economic lives of millions all over the country. At the same time, policymakers have to be pragmatic. We are dealing with an invisible enemy, and one who has now developed the capacity to do in days what would have otherwise taken months. A reliable vaccine is still at least one and a half years away and so we have to learn to coexist with the virus. Lifting the lockdown is important, but equally important is rapidly boosting capacity expansion all over the country so that the political backlash of an uncontrolled outbreak is minimized.

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