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No alternative to constant testing to combat COVID-19: Sonia

02-04-2020

Agencies, New Delhi

Expressing concern on the rapid spread of Coronavirus in the country as well as across the world, Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Thursday stressed that there is no alternative to constant testing to combat the deadly virus.


Addressing a meeting of the Congress Working Committee, through video conferencing, to discuss the situation arising from outbreak of Coronavirus, Ms Gandhi criticized the NDA government for the unplanned implementation of the lockdown which has caused chaos and pain in the lives of millions of migrant workers all over India.
'The 21-day national lockdown may have been necessary but the unplanned manner in which it has been implemented has caused chaos and pain in the lives of millions of migrant workers all over India.


It has been heart-breaking to see lakhs of people walking for hundreds of kilometres towards their villages without food or shelter. It is the duty of us all to do our utmost to lessen their suffering. I wish to thank all those who are offering them help, our workers, civil society and people who have shown their kindness and compassion to them,' she said.
Stressing the need for constant testing to combat the Coronavirus, the Congress leader said, 'As far as the Covid-19 virus is concerned, there is no alternative to constant and reliable testing. This is the most effective way to combat it.


'Our doctors, nurses, and health workers need all the support possible. Personal Protection Equipment such as hazmat suits, N-95 masks, etc. must be provided to them on a war-footing. Equally important are ventilators and breathing equipment, isolation beds and designated hospitals to treat Covid-19. The onus lies on Governments to ensure that the spread of infection and casualties are not caused owing to lack of infrastructure or preparedness. '

 

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