Published: Tue, March 24, 2020
Health Care | By Cedric Leonard

India has tremendous capacity in eradicating coronavirus pandemic

India has tremendous capacity in eradicating coronavirus pandemic

World Health Organization director-general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, who made the confirmation on Monday, said it took 67 days for the first 100,000 cases to be confirmed, 11 days for the next 100,000, and only four for the last 100,000.

As maintained by the World Health Organisation, the number of cases across the world has crossed 3,30,000, while the death toll has surpassed 14,000. "We can change the trajectory of this pandemic", Tedros said. You can't win a football game by defending.

The death rate from those numbers is 4.3 percent but numerous experts believe the rate is far lower because of the number of mild and asymptomatic cases that aren't being confirmed. We're not helpless bystanders.

He stressed the importance of social distancing measures.

Despite wanting an aggressive response to the outbreak, the World Health Organization chief acknowledged that a number of countries were struggling to go on the attack due to a lack of resources and access to tests.

"Health workers can only do their jobs effectively when they can do their jobs safely", he warned.

On health workers, he added: "We continue to hear alarming reports from around the world of large numbers of infections among health workers".

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Urging governments to make it a priority to protect hospital staff and other vital workers, the WHO head said that without action, "many people will die because the health worker who could have saved their life is sick".

The WHO is working with partners to try to boost production of a number of resources, including masks and other personal protective equipment for healthcare workers, as well as researching possible therapeutic drugs, including remdesivir and hydroxychloroquine.

"Small, observational and non-randomized studies will not give us the answers we need". Using untested medicines without the right evidence could raise false hope, and even do more harm than good and cause a shortage of essential medicines that are needed to treat other diseases. "But what matters most is what we do".

"We can change the trajectory of this pandemic", he said. On Monday afternoon, Italy said 6,077 people in the country have now died from COVID-19, and the country confirmed almost 64,000 cases in total.

He noted that resolving this problem requires a global political commitment and political coordination. "As I keep saying, solidarity is the key to defeating COVID-19 - solidarity between countries, but also between age groups", he said.

He called for unity in the G20 countries, most importantly those who have more than 80 per cent of global GDP.

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