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Lockdown only effective if we 'test, detect, isolate, treat: P Chidambaram on COVID-19 measures

He also welcomed the ICMR's advice to the government for starting antibody tests in hotspots, as it was overdue.

Published: 05th April 2020 12:30 PM  |   Last Updated: 05th April 2020 01:23 PM   |  A+A-

Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram

Congress leader and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram (Photo | EPS)

By PTI

NEW DELHI: Senior Congress leader P Chidambaram on Sunday urged the government to start aggressive testing as lockdown for coronavirus will be effective only if "we test, detect, isolate and then treat".

He also welcomed the ICMR's advice to the government for starting antibody tests in hotspots, as it was overdue.

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"CWC in its resolution pointed out that limited testing was a flawed strategy. Epidemiologists have demanded extensive and aggressive testing. Let government start aggressive testing today.

"A lockdown will be effective only if we TEST, TEST, DETECT, ISOLATE and TREAT.

"That is the lesson from Japan, South Korea and Singapore," he said on Twitter.

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