Covid-19: Social distancing only defensive choice to fight coronavirus, says Maharashtra Congress leader

Covid-19: Social distancing only defensive choice to fight coronavirus, says Maharashtra Congress leader

Maharashtra Congress spokesperson Sanjay Lakhe Patil has said social distancing is merely a defensive choice to tackle the coronavirus crisis and defence alone cannot help win a match.

In a statement issued on Wednesday, he alleged that Prime Minister Narendra Modi "misled" the country by saying social distancing and lockdown is that the only choice to tackle the epidemic.

Lakhe Patil said the planet Health Organisation's director general (DG) has categorically stated that this is often a "defensive option" and defence can't win match.

This is not a foolproof solution to win against Covid-19 and therefore the WHO official aggressively advocated to settle on the offensivemeasures, he said.

"To win, we'd like to attack the virus with aggressive and targeted tactics - testing every suspected case, isolating and caring for each confirmed case and tracing and quarantining every close contact," Lakhe Patil said, quoting WHO's top official.

The Congress leader further said the WHO official also advised some more measures, including protection of hospital staff.

"But unfortunately, the PM has been silent on this part and declared 21-day total lockout, not following the rules as invisaged under the Disaster Management Act- 2005," he said.

"If we as nation don't adoptaggressive measures as guided by WHO DG and welfare measures as guided under the Disaster Management Act, my fear isthe situation will worsen after 21 days," he said.