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How lockdown prevented lakhs of corona cases, asks Anand Sharma

Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma on Wednesday questioned the Union government s claim that the nationwide lockdown prevented up to 29 lakh coronavirus cases and lack of data on assistance to and deaths of migrant labourers. The Health Minister said that this decision (lockdown) prevented 14-29 lakh COVID-19 cases and 37,000-78,000 deaths. This House must be told what is the scientific basis on which we have reached this conclusion, the Rajya Sabha member said. He called it a very wide gap . Senior Congress (@INCIndia) leader Anand Sharma (@AnandSharmaINC) on Wednesday questioned the Union government s claim that the nationwide #lockdown prevented up to 29 lakh #coronavirus cases and lack of data on assistance to and deaths of #migrantlabourers.

Photo: IANS (File) pic.twitter.com/87qNpjB9Yg IANS Tweets (@ians_india) September 16, 2020 On Monday, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan had told the Lok Sabha: The nationwide lockdown, a bold decision by the government, is testimony to the fact that India collectively stood up to manage Covid-19. It has been estimated that this decision prevented 14-29 lakh cases and 37,000 to 78,000 deaths. Sharma, a former Union Minister, also questioned why the government had no data on assistance provided to migrant workers and the number of deaths while they were returning to their native place after the imposition of the lockdown. He also highlighted that had facilities like quarantine centres been in place in cities for migrant workers, their reverse migration could have been restricted and the pandemic prevented from spreading in rural areas. Minister of State for Labour and Employment Santosh Kumar Gangwar had told the Lok Sabha that statewise data was not available on the assistance provided to migrant workers. Asked by several MPs if thousands of migrant labourers have died during the lockdown , Gangwar replied that no such data is available . Sharma also urged the Centre to speak to the states on ways to improve the public health system, dubbing it a wake-up call . Keep scrolling to read more news Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates. Mid-Day is now on Telegram. Click here to join our channel (@middayinfomedialtd) and stay updated with the latest news This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever


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