Anand Mahindra, Chairman Mahindra Group :
- The number of new cases has risen, despite flattening the previous few days. With higher testing, a continuing rise is inevitable given the low absolute number of cases relative to our population & the rest of the world. We shouldn’t expect a swift flattening of the curve.
- This doesn’t mean the lockdown hasn’t helped. India’s avoided lakhs of potential deaths in its collective fight. India’s death rate per million is currently 1.4 compared to the global average at 35 & the US at 228. We’ve also bought time to enhance medical infrastucture.
- But if the lockdown is extended for much longer, we will be risking economic hara-kiri. A functioning & growing economy is like an immune system for livelihoods. A lockdown weakens that immune system and most hurts the impoverished in our society. mckinsey.com/featured-insig…
- Our goal should be to continue preventing avoidable deaths. We need to
1) Rapidly build field hospitals equipped with oxygen lines (ventilators aren’t critical now)
2) Deploy widespread testing and tracing.
3)Focus on containment not through zones but at sub pin code levelsand finally
4) Protect the elderly & the medically vulnerable.
To quote a colleague:
“We have to live with the virus. It’s not here on a tourist visa with an expiry date.”
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