74% want one-month lockdown in 15 high virus load districts to contain Covid spread: Survey

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NEW DELHI: As the Covid-19 cases continue to show an upward surge in the country, majority of the people in high virus load districts believe that a one-month lockdown is needed to contain the coronavirus spread in India, according to a survey.
According to the survey, people were asked if they believed that a complete one-month lockdown was needed to be implemented in the top 15 high virus load districts which currently contribute 64 per cent of the cases in India. As many as 74 per cent of the 46,000 respondents answered in a yes, while 22 per cent answered in a no, the report said.
The polls also suggested that while people continue to be fully supportive of getting economic activity going on in green and orange zones, the view for high virus load districts is clearly different and that of imposing restrictions.
According to the surveyed people, the only thing that should move in these districts is goods to people and all activity including opening of essentials, offices, non-essential factories must be kept shut.
In a previous poll, citizens were asked this question on May 3 and 74% wanted a complete lockdown in these high virus load districts. "This number slipped to 45% on May 12 and again rose to 72% on May 28," it said.
People in mid-May were supportive of relaxations in high virus load districts but looking at the rise in cases and the poor state of health infrastructure has led to people changing their opinions, the survey revealed.
The top 15 districts with highest virus load as identified by Niti Aayog include Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Thane, Pune, Indore, Kolkata, Jaipur, Surat, Hyderabad, Aurangabad, Jodhpur, Gurugram and Chengalpattu.
The survey also asked citizens in 14 of the high virus load districts whether a one month complete lockdown is needed in their respective district at this junction to contain the spread of Covid-19, percentage of citizens that responded with a yes were Delhi (79 per cent), Mumbai (64 per cent), Chennai (61 per cent), Ahmedabad (73 per cent), Thane (50 per cent), Pune (60 per cent), Indore (67 per cent), Kolkata (52 per cent), Gurugram (59 per cent), Jaipur (53 per cent), Surat (57 per cent), Aurangabad (80 per cent) and Jodhpur (75 per cent).
The survey also asked citizens what should be the approach to contain the coronavirus spread in the districts with week over week case growth and over 100 active cases. In response, 23 per cent said that there should be a complete lockdown while 59 per cent said there should be a partial lockdown where all public places are shut. Fourteen per cent said there should be no lockdown at all in such districts.
Majority of the citizens feel that India is not equipped to handle a surge in the Covid cases in cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and several others.
The survey was conducted by LocalCircles.

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