India must ease curbs, not lift them like other countries: public health experts
“Under no circumstances should we remove all restrictions. We should not imitate other countries because their healthcare systems are much stronger. Unnecessary large gatherings should be avoided, masking is absolutely necessary,” Ambarish said. Dutta, Additional Professor of Public Health. India Foundation.
As the number of Covid-19 cases declines, the Union Health Ministry on Wednesday ordered states to remove additional restrictive measures that had been imposed to deal with the third wave of the pandemic.
Experts say restrictions need to be eased, but they cannot disappear entirely.
“To do well in life, the citizens themselves must follow the appropriate behavior in Covid. It must be a slow transition, not to normality but a new thought of life for the next two months,” said Suranjit Chatterjee , Senior Internal Medicine Consultant at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, Delhi.
Chatterjee said now was not the time to say the pandemic was over.
“The pandemic is heading towards an endemic phase. But I would keep my comments reserved at this time for at least the next 2-3 months,” he added.
Senior epidemiologist Giridhara Babu said cautious optimism should be exercised in the lifting of restrictions based on local evidence.
“Ensuring vaccination coverage and strengthening booster plans for vulnerable people should be the backbone of better preparedness. Preventing large gatherings of the unvaccinated and applying masks should remain the mainstay even when restrictions are lifted,” he said.