Coronavirus cases in India likely to peak in June-July: AIIMS director Randeep Guleria

The coronavirus pandemic has been spreading exponentially in India over the past few weeks and the total number of cases is rising at an alarming rate if we look at the graph since early April. Though Centre is claiming the covid-19 curve is flattening. But the number of cases is rising every day. With around 53,000 cases across the country and nearly 1,800 deaths over the past four months of the outbreak in India, the threat is very much imminent in this country of over 135 crore people.

India isn’t seeing a declining trend in new coronavirus cases even after 40 days into a strict nationwide lockdown, unlike the experience of countries such as Italy and China, said Dr Randeep Guleria, director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

“We need to continue the lockdown for some more time with careful deliberation, considering health, economy and everything in mind,” he added.

The Director of All India Institute of Medical Sciences in Delhi, Dr Randeep Guleria, on Thursday said that the peak of the pandemic outbreak is yet to arrive in India and he has predicted it to be at its worst around June-July. He also said that people with flu-like symptoms are not coming out for check-up due to stigma attached with the viral disease, which is, in turn, resulting in an increase in mortality rate.

“The next four to six weeks will be very, very important because the lockdown cannot be there forever,” the AIIMS director had said on Wednesday, adding that “the focus now should be to identify spots that are showing a spike in cases and turn them into containment zones”.

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