MEASURES TO TACKLE NOVEL CORONO VIRUS
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China launches several measures for isolation and treatment of coronavirus infections.
- Chinese Authorities have confirmed 26 deaths and close to 900 confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by the virus.
- Infections have been reported in 29 provincial-level regions in the country.
- Eleven cases have been confirmed overseas with Thailand, Japan, South Korea, the United States, Singapore and Vietnam reporting virus cases.
- World Health Organization (WHO) has not declared novel corono virus of china as a global health emergency saying it was too early to declare so.
Global Health Emergency:
- WHO defines a global emergency as an “extraordinary event” which constitutes a risk to other countries and requires a coordinated international response.
- A declaration of a global health emergency brings greater international attention and aid (both financial and technical) but should not be used to stigmatise or penalise the people by imposing travel or trade restrictions as those restrictions actually restrict the flow of goods and health care workers into affected countries and turn counter-productive.
- Chinese Government has launched all out efforts for isolation and treatment of infections. It has asked e-commerce giants to provide enough face masks and sanitizers.
- The hospitals are setting up special centres. Ten cities in China have put travel restrictions to contain the spread of the virus.
- Hubei province whose capital is Wuhan, has started prevention and control from the community and villages’ level.
- Capital Beijing has also released a list of 89 medical institutions with fever clinics and guidelines for related patients. The city administration has also cancelled large-scale new year activities, including temple fairs, winter sports and exhibitions, in an effort to prevent and control the virus.
- China’s Transport Department has allowed passengers to cancel their tickets of all transportation means nationwide without a cancellation fees.
- Indian Embassy in Beijing has also started two hotlines for those who wish to get in touch in this regard. The numbers are 8618612083629 and 8618612083617.
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