22 Mar 2020

Countries urged to fight ‘controllable’ pandemic

World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was speaking during his regular update on the new coronavirus disease, one day after the new designation was announced.

“Let me be clear: describing this as a pandemic does not mean that countries should give up.  On the contrary, we have to double-down”, he said.

“This is a controllable pandemic. Countries that decide to give up on fundamental public health measures may end up with a larger problem, and a heavier burden on the health system that requires more severe measures to control”.

The number of confirmed corona virus (Covid-19) cases in India has been growing at a rate seen at the early stages in other countries where there was subsequently an exponential rise in infections in a matter of weeks.

As a result, worries are beginning to mount whether India will also witness a significant outbreak in the days ahead. This is despite the sweeping measures put in place by governments at the Centre and in the states.

Prime Minister Modi had proposed the ‘Janata Curfew’ on Sunday (22/03/20)  between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. as part of social distancing to check the spread of the deadly corona virus.