Telangana Minister Explains Why Lockdown Over COVID-19 Should Be Extended

Telangana Minister Explains Why Lockdown Over COVID-19 Should Be Extended

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Not just India, the world is not prepared for a pandemic of this size, KT Rama Rao said.

The world - including its most affluent nation, the US -- is not ready for the containment of coronavirus and for India, the only chance is to "delay" it for as long as possible, Telangana minister KT Rama Rao said today. Mr Rao's father, Chief Minister K Chandrashekar Rao, has asked Prime Minister Narendra Modi to extend the lockdown beyond its scheduled end of April 14. KT Rama Rao today said the extension should be for at least two weeks and then the situation can be reviewed.

Asked if he would prefer a gradual lifting of the lockdown after the two-week extension,  Mr Rao told NDTV that in the US, the state of New York, "the financial capital of the world", has only 11,000 ventilators when they need 30,000.

"Not just India, not just Telangana, but the world is not prepared for a pandemic of this size, this proportion. The only way we can contain this in our opinion, is to delay it as much as possible," Mr Rao told NDTV.

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