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Coronavirus pandemic may hit peak by April end or early May: Devi Shetty

“I would like to make it very clear that the economics will matter only when we are all alive, so it is important to get our priorities right.”

Source | | Bansy Kalappa

BENGALURU: “We in Karnataka and in India are not at the peak of the coronavirus pandemic just yet, we could hit it at the end of April or in early May,’’ said Dr Devi Prasad Shetty, founder-chairman, Narayana Health. “We are about a month behind the United States on this.’’

On the 21-day lockdown down, he said, “The lockdown should bring down the mortality rate by at least 50%, provided we follow it up with all the measures like testing, local lockdown and rigid adherence to social distancing.  Now, the ball is in the people’s court, not the government.’’

Asked if we should start testing more people as the tests in our country are fewer compared with other countries, Dr Shetty said, “Testing may not help treating the patient, but it will definitely help in segregation, quarantining and also localising the lockdown if required. I’m sure it’s a matter of time before we will be able to scale up our testing facilities.’’

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