The Weekend Leader - Battle against COVID, 'so far so good': Chidambaram

Battle against COVID, 'so far so good': Chidambaram

New Delhi

15-March-2020

Amid the coronavirus cases showing rising trend in India, Congress senior leader P. Chidambaram, on Sunday, expressed his concerns over gap of coordination between centre and state governments in the country. He urged the government at the centre to take more measures to contain the COVID-19 disease spreading in the country.

Unlike his fellow Congressmen, Shashi Tharoor and Rahul Gandhi, Chidambaram hailed the efforts made by the government so far in order to contain the dreaded virus in India.

Taking it to Twitter, Chidambaram said: "The battle against coronavirus has been 'so far, good', but can we do more? Positive COVID-19 cases have jumped from 31 to 84 in one week. Some State governments have announced partial lockdowns. Time for central government to reflect on more measures."

"Time to take note of the warning of ICMR. If we have a 30-day window to prevent the spread of the virus to Stage 3, we should move faster and with determination," the former Finance Minister added.

Earlier, on Friday, Tharoor slammed the government over the rising number of COVID cases in the country and "inadequate measures" taken by it to contain the damage.

Gandhi too attacked the government, on Thursday, over rising number of coronavirus in the country. "Coronavirus is a huge problem. Ignoring the problem is not a solution," he tweeted.

India has confirmed at least 93 cases of novel Coronavirus, according to the data provided by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Sunday.

There are at least 76 Indians and 17 foreigners who are confirmed COVID-19 cases. A total of two persons have died so far with one death in the national capital and one in Karnataka.

With the number of coronavirus positive cases shooting to 31, Maharashtra has emerged as the worst-hit state in the country. Ten persons have been cured and discharged from the hospital so far. Moreover, the data shows that so far 12,29,363 have been screened at the Airports across India. IANS


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