COVID-19 India Update: Complete lockdown is the ‘only option’ now, says Rahul Gandhi

| May 04, 2021 | Updated 12:04 pm

COVID-19 India Update: Complete lockdown is the ‘only option’ now, says Rahul Gandhi Congress Leader Rahul Gandhi (Source: PTI)

New Delhi: Congress and opposition leader Rahul Gandhi on Tuesday said a complete lockdown is the only way to stop the spread of coronavirus in the country. The congress scion called for a complete lockdown on Twitter on Tuesday in a series of tweets.

“I just want to make it clear that a lockdown is now the only option because of a complete lack of strategy by GOI. They allowed, rather, they actively helped the virus reach this stage where there’s no other way to stop it. A crime has been committed against India,” he said.

Previously in another tweet, he had demanded a full lockdown with measures to protect the vulnerable sections through the minimum income guarantee scheme, NYAY.

“GOI doesn’t get it. The only way to stop the spread of Corona now is a full lockdown- with the protection of NYAY for the vulnerable sections, GOI’s inaction is killing many innocent people,” he said.” Gandhi said in a tweet.

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The main opposition party, Congress has been asserting that the central and state governments have failed to resolve the COVID situation in country by resorting to partial curfews, travel restrictions, closure and lockdowns. The party claims that these restrictions will impede economic activities again which in turn hit the poor and, therefore, it was imperative to provide monthly income support.

Rahul has been pushing for the implementation of the party’s proposed Nyuntam Aay Yojana (NYAY) providing minimum income guarantee to vulnerable sections. Many Congress leaders have been critical of the government’s response to the COVID-19 crisis and on many occasions have slammed the Centre.

India reported close to 360,000 new cases in the last 24 hours on Tuesday, a slight dip from the previous day. As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, 3,57,229 new COVID-19 cases were reported on Tuesday morning. The tally was lower than the previous day high of 3,68,147 new infections reported on Monday.

The new cases pushed the total tally to 2,02,82,833 cases in the country as on May 4.

As per the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, as many as 3,449 fatalities were reported in the last 24 hours, up from 3,417 deaths reported on Monday. With more than 3400 deaths the total death tally in the country rose to 2,22,408 lives lost to date.