WHO Lauds India For Prompt Actions To Combat Coronavirus

by Sanjana Shenoy
WHO Lauds India For Prompt Actions To Combat Coronavirus

The World Health Organization (WHO) has praised India for its prompt actions to combat the novel coronavirus. This deadly virus has infected more than 168,000 people and led to 6600 deaths globally. India has taken many stringent measures to keep the virus at bay including shutting down schools, colleges and gyms across the country till March 31, closing down many famous monuments around the country and the state of Bihar has also announced the provision of free treatment to coronavirus patients in the state.

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What’s In It?

Henk Bekedam, the WHO Representative to India, held a meeting with the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). After the meeting, Bekedam commended the apex medical research institute for managing to isolate the strains of Sars-Cov-2. He stated that he was impressed with the commitment of the Indian government from the top level, the Prime Minister’s office himself.

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He lauded India for doing a good job when it came to combating the virus. The fact that everyone has been informed and mobilised is definitely a reason that India is doing well. The WHO representative mentioned that India has a very good research capacity especially at the ICMR and the Department of Health Research. He appreciated the fact that IMCR has been able to isolate the virus, and he is confident that India will continue to be a significant part of the research community.

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What’s More?

Last week, the Indian Council of Medical Research announced their success in isolating the new strain of coronavirus, which is the first step towards the development of drugs and vaccines for COVID-19. India currently has 125 confirmed positive cases of coronavirus and three deaths, which has brought about an urgency to stop the spread of disease at any cost. Right from banning gatherings, shutting down schools, colleges, gyms, pubs, nightclubs to weekly markets many stringent measures are being taken by the Indian government. Did you know Bihar Government To Provide Free Treatment To Coronavirus Patients?

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The government has also widened critical restrictions which includes banning travel from the European Union, the European Free Trade Association, Turkey and the United Kingdom from  18th March. Middles East countries like Kuwait, Qatar, Oman and the UAE have also been added to the list of high-risk countries requiring compulsory 14-day quarantine. People from Afghanistan, Malaysia and the Philippines have also been prohibited from travelling to India. With all these strict measures taken by the government, it would be good to follow these diligently after all its for our own health.