Social distancing working globally, difficult to sustain in India
NATIONAL | MARCH 26, 2020:
As the new coronavirus growth rate is declining in a somewhat predictable pattern in countries where social distancing/lockdown is established, it will be difficult to sustain social distancing in some of the most densely populated areas in India, a new report said on Thursday.
How long and how quickly the virus growth declines via social distancing varies by country based on measures what have been taken. This has happened in Italy, Spain, France and Germany.
"The UK, at 18 per cent, is still high, but social distancing measures have only just been rigorously applied. The next two weeks should show a declining rate of growth in the UK,' said Hong Kong-based Counterpoint Research in its latest report.
"In India, the official number of infected is low but while it is growing relatively quickly (20 per cent in the last 24 hours) the government has moved fast to implement draconian lockdown measures that should slow the spread even if the real level of infection is much higher," the report added.