Coronavirus- India on alert?
Coronavirus is an ongoing epidemic the world is facing together. Started by the end of 2019, this virus to date has taken more than 3000 lives from across the globe. This disease is extremely hazardous because there is no such treatment or cure for it as of now. Thus its outbreak proves fatal for every country that counts. In India itself, 29 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed which means the country could face its own outbreak of the deadly virus. This rate increased in just the time span of only two days! Though it is not considered as an outbreak in India yet, the fear can be seen in the markets, and why not? A country that has the second-largest population, it would become impossible to control if the virus breaks out. So, India is definitely on alert right now!
Coronavirus: How to protect?
More than 3,000 people have died globally from COVID-19, as it is officially known, while more than 89,000 infections have been confirmed in several countries, according to the World Health Organization. The hub for coronavirus is obviously Wuhan of China where more than 80,134 cases are registered out of which more than 3100 have died so far! The total number of cases has crossed 90,000, with around 80,000 of the cases in Mainland China. KCDC has reported an additional 600 cases in South Korea, taking the total to 4,812. It also reported six new deaths. The death toll in South Korea stands at 28. Two more patients had died in northern France, bringing the country’s death toll to four according to the Le Parisien newspaper. The total number of coronavirus cases in the UK increased to 40. Qatar’s health ministry reported four new coronavirus cases to a total of seven. The state of Washington in the US has reported four more death cases, taking the total to six in the US whereas the total number of cases reported is 91. Pakistan has reported another case of Covid-19, taking the total to five. Iran has reported 523 additional cases and 12 deaths, bringing the total to 1,501 cases with 66 deaths. Italy’s Health Ministry has stated that 52 people have died, a sharp increase compared to the previous 34. The number of cases has also increased from 1,577 to 1,835. Lombardy in the northern region continues to be the most affected region with 1,254 cases. Saudi Arabia also confirmed its first case. Kyodo newswire has stated that Japan has confirmed at least 15 new cases of coronavirus on 2 March. Iceland reports the first three cases, Cases in Germany rise to 150, cases in Israel raise to ten, the total cases in Australia currently stand at 33. India has also confirmed two new cases of coronavirus taking it to a total of 29. All these statistics sum up that there are deaths cross 3,000 globally and the confirmed cases cross 89,000!
Twenty-nine cases have been confirmed in India along with the three that have been recovered. And many of these infections came from the people who recently traveled to Italy, the most affected country of Europe. The Indian Health Ministry has to raise cautions but not an alert yet. The government of India too had begun screening international passengers. Recently in Agra, a cluster of cases was registered and the authorities of Agra have started taking precautionary measures. They have started planning a ‘containment plan’. The stock of sanitizers and masks had seen a sudden sell-out! Surprisingly, as the ministry raised cautions, many people have already stocked full of sanitizers which left the market out of stock. The demand for all such products raised on an incredible rate and now all such companies seem to be working on a fast scale. Also, the upcoming major Holi celebrations have been canceled and people are advised to not play Holi this year. Holi festivities at the presidential palace were also canceled. India is taking all the possible measures to avoid the outbreak of the disease which also includes adapting plans by other affected countries as well.
The prime minister of India Narendra Modi tweeted, “there is no need to panic and take precautions”.
Unfortunately, any cure for coronavirus isn’t discovered yet. Though there are strenuous attempts of scientists to find something, nothing much has been in their luck. So, what can we do? When there isn’t much in our hands? According to many famed doctors and researchers across the globe are only giving sanitization advises which includes frequently washing hands with the correct procedure that means cleaning spaces between your fingers and the nails, wearing a mask, do not frequently touch your face and nose as it may transmit diseases and also when you sneeze don’t touch any object before washing your hands. Along with this always carry a sanitizer with you, spray it before and after going to the toilet, kitchen, bedroom or anywhere. Avoid public places and if you can’t at least wear a good mask. Take notes, because if the disease outbreaks in India, it would become even tougher to control than to cure.