Restrictions should be imposed on the basis of hospitalization rate, not number of infected people: Industry


New Delhi, Jan 12 (PTI) Industry has asked the government to link the restrictions imposed by the novel coronavirus, Omicron, with the number of people hospitalized. The industry has said that restrictions should not be imposed by looking at the rate of people getting infected.

The industry is concerned about the impact of restrictions including asking employees of private companies to work from home, closure of cinema halls and eating out in restaurants. It believes that this will have an adverse effect on the revival of the economy which has been going on for the last few months.

Industry body FICCI President Sanjiv Mehta, in a letter to Health and Family Welfare Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on January 10, reduced the period of home isolation to 5 days, a booster dose to the entire population and children above 12 years of age. Urged to start vaccination.

He has written, “Restriction on movement on the basis of total infection rate is undesirable. Any decision in this regard should be based on the condition of beds available in hospitals especially for critical patients and other factors like oxygen consumption.

Mehta said, “At the state, city or municipal level, taking immediate steps will not achieve anything in preventing the spread of infection. On the contrary, there is a risk to the economic revival.

Industry body Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) has also separately suggested to the states to work on a strategy to contain the epidemic at the small level i.e. at the level of mohalla, village according to the rate of infection. Also, let economic activities run normally in other parts of the district.

Mehta, head of Hindustan Unilever, a daily-use goods company, said ‘booster’ doses should be allowed for the general population as soon as possible.