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Can't afford a prolonged lockdown strategy for a country like India, says FICCI 

CNBC TV18 , Apr 10, 2020

Amid the ongoing coronavirus crisis, industry body FICCI said that it canít afford to have a prolonged lockdown that lasts for months exit strategy for a country like India. It added that India should aim towards bringing about a fine balance normalizes economic, social activity, yet contains the disease.

"Need a disciplined and cautious approach adopted by the grassroot functionaries, community duly monitored by local authorities.

The disease is such and its course so unpredictable that policy will always be evolutionary," it further noted.

FICCI recommends day-to-day monitoring with constant alacrity in changing strategies will be the order of the plan. Here are the principles of exit strategy it suggests:
  • To plan the exit to lock down with maximum safety to humanity.
  • To continue to implement Social Distancing at all costs.
  • To plan resumption of business to reduce the impact on the economy.
  • To protect the vulnerable population which will increase the burden of health care cost, morbidity and mortality.
  • Identify priority for the resumption of normalcy.
  • To identify Hotspots and ensure that such areas remain under restrictions of movement.
Recently, Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Masatsugu Asakawa has assured Finance Minister and ADB Governor Nirmala Sitharaman of ADBís support to India in its fight against the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic.