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Vaccines are answer, not one-day lockdowns: Omar Abdullah

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Srinagar, Mar 21: National Conference leader Omar Abdullah Sunday said one-day shutdowns to contain the spread of coronavirus is a "meaningless tokenism" which can lead to complacency, and called for allowing more people to take vaccine against COVID-19.

The Madhya Pradesh government had on March 19 announced Sunday lockdowns in Bhopal, Indore and Jabalpur till further orders in view of the spurt in coronavirus cases.

Omar Abdullah

"With a rampaging virus that has a 2-14 day incubation period this one-day lockdown is meaningless tokenism. All it will do is create a misplaced sense of complacency," Abdullah tweeted.

The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister said vaccines were the answer to the spread of COVID-19 and called for opening up the vaccines to more people.

"Vaccines are the answer not one day lockdowns. Open up vaccines to more people," he added.

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His statement came as India recorded 43,846 new coronavirus cases Sunday, the highest single-day rise so far this year.

India is currently vaccinating people above 60 and those aged between 45-59 years with 20 identified comorbidities.

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