Addressing Immediate Challenges in Controlling COVID-19 in India.


Introduction Corona Virus Pandemic has to date spared India from a massive onslaught of death and destruction, similar to what we see in China, Europe, and the United States of America. As on date, India has reported 3072 COVID-19 cases and 91 deaths 1. The Government of India (GOI) has taken many proactive steps to control the epidemic, including the total lockdown of the nation to flatten the epidemic curve and reduce the case fatality rate. India has chosen a strategy of large-scale quarantine and limited testing and not extensive testing and limited quarantine. This is because we have a large population of 1.3 billion, and many states in India have the comparatively limited testing capacity to deal with a large-scale epidemic. The timeline that we get by flattening the curve should be urgently utilized to plan and implement interventions that help to prevent further spread of the disease. This is important as we will need to withdraw before long the nationwide lockdown to reduce the economic impact and resultant suffering of the poor and vulnerable population of our country.