WHO, earlier reluctant to take this decision, has now announced the novel coronavirus as a global pandemic
The rising cases of COVID-19 is a grave concern across the globe. The WHO officials have finally declared the novel coronavirus as a global pandemic as in the past few weeks, the cases outside China has increased three folds. Also, the number of countries affected by this virus has tripped in just three months. As per records, more than 121,000 people have been affected by the COVID-19 in the United States, the Middle East and Europe in total. WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said at a press conference, "In the coming weeks, more cases are expected to be recorded and the number of deaths to increase drastically."
WHO On The Levels Of Inaction
The WHO says that this pandemic is a result of the inaction due to the alarming spread and severity of the virus. As per WHO, there has been a decline in the cases in South Korea and China. Out of all, 81 countries are yet to have confirmed cases, while 57 have less than 10 cases. As said in the press conference, "Enough has been said until now and cannot be more loud and clear. Some countries lack capacity, hence the struggle while some cannot resolve."
As per Global health experts, any situation declared as a pandemic involves economic and political consequences, leading to severe disturbances in the global markets. An epidemic is an illness that spreads across boundaries. Hence, earlier the global organisation was reluctant to declare this a pandemic, but the rising cases of coronavirus is a global concern now.
In the wake of this recent declaration, as per a press report, India has suspended the visa of people coming from abroad till April 15 due to coronavirus. This ban will give exemption to diplomats, officers, employees of the United Nations and international organisations. This ban will come into force only March 13, 2020. It has been said on behalf of the government that whosoever wishes to visit India from overseas will first have to contact the Indian Embassy. All Indian citizens and foreign nationals are instructed not to travel unnecessarily if not very important.
A Decline in Cases In China
While it started in China in December 2019, now there are lesser cases there but picking up in the rest of the world. In India, the case count until Wednesday morning was 62 cases. As per the WHO, all countries under the danger need to reveal their strategies to fight this pandemic.
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