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White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci said in an interview that India should consider a temporary shutdown as the country is currently facing the world’s worst coronavirus outbreak.
In numbers: India reported more than 400,000 new cases of coronavirus on Saturday for the first time in 24 hours, Reuters writes. The country has also reported a total of 211,853 deaths.
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What he says: “There is the immediate, the medium and the long term. I think the most important thing right now is getting oxygen, getting supplies, getting drugs, getting PPE, that sort of thing, but also, one of the immediate things to you basically have to call for the closure of the country, ”Fauci told the Indian Express.
“We know that when China experienced this big explosion a year ago, it closed its doors completely. And if you close, you don’t have to close for six months. You can temporarily close to end the transmission cycle. “
Fauci also said that India should consider building makeshift hospitals, like the ones in China: “The middleman – to build hospitals quickly. I mean very quickly, in minutes – you know, they built those field hospitals they built during the war. “
“You should think of this, in some ways, like a war. The enemy is the virus. So you know where the enemy is, so I would almost act like a war because it’s an emergency.”
To note: The White House said it would limit travel from India from Tuesday, citing the sharp rise in cases in the country and the possible emergence of several variants.
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