The pandemic has reached India with cases rising across cities. Let’s take a look at coronavirus’ impact on India and the way ahead.
The impact of coronavirus finally shows on India. The virus that has havocked 70 nations around the world and has claimed more than 3000 lives. The dreaded outbreak has found its way into India with two new cases registered on Monday. With new cases, the total count of Indian patients rose to five.
The Corona Situation
A private school in Noida postponed its exams and fumigated its premises as the father of a student tested positive for coronavirus. The family members of the Delhi resident were shifted to Safdurjung Hospital after they showed the symptoms of infection. The said patient travelled from Vienna to Delhi on February 25, in an Air India flight.
The crew of the flight has been asked to stay in isolation for 14 days at their home, PTI reported.
In Hyderabad, a 24-year-old Software Engineer who travelled from Dubai is being treated in isolation at Gandhi Hospital in Telangana. The patient arrived in Bangalore from Dubai where he contacted the virus from his Hong Kong colleagues. He further travelled on a bus from Bangalore to Hyderabad. Everyone who came in contact with him, along with family members, is being closely monitored.
Rajasthan government has reported an infected Italian tourist in Jaipur.
In Kerala, a woman medico became the first patient of the virus. She returned from Wuhan, China last month, infected. She was treated at Government Medical hospital and later discharged by the consent of the Medical Board after recovery, testing twice negative for the virus.
Her discharge also marked the news of the recovery of all three cases in Kerala. Two other students one from Alappuzha and another from Kasaragod were discharged. All the cases were tested positive at first, treated in isolation and discharged with fresh tests resulting negative.
The Corona Effect
As the fear grips, the national government is taking all precautionary measures along with tracing back the steps of infected people to contain the virus.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi who had an extensive review tweeted, “Different ministries and states are working together, from screening people arriving in India to providing prompt medical attention. There is no need to panic.”
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called an emergency meeting with Health Minister Satyendar Jain and other officials about Delhi’s preparedness to deal with Coronavirus.
As of Tuesday, Telangana government has announced allocation of 100 crore to fight the virus in the state along with announcement of setting up a special hospital for corona’s treatment.
Road to Cure
The I&B Ministry of India has urged the Indian media to publicize travel advisory. The official statement said, “Electronic media has always been at the forefront to carry such messages as it is a powerful tool to reach out to the people in the country. In order to make this effort successful, it has been felt that support, assistance and contribution of private TV channels and FM radio channels will be of immense use,” the advisory said.
Government has restrained the export of a few APIs, a formulation including paracetamol, Vitamin B1 & B12 among others. In a notification the DGFT states, “Export of specified APIs and formulations made from these APIs …is hereby restricted with immediate effect and till further orders.”
The Indian government might cancel Navy’s Milan multilateral naval exercise planned to be held from 18 March in Vishakhapatnam.
Civil Aviation Ministry held a meeting to review the coronavirus situation. While, DGCA has instructed all the aircraft from South Korea, Japan and Italy to be disinfected.
IMF advanced G7 economies—Canada, United States, Britain, France, Japan, Germany and Italy have pledged to aid in containing the outbreak of the coronavirus. Associated Press reports, “Given the potential impacts of COVID-19 on global growth, we reaffirm our commitment to using all appropriate policy tools to achieve strong, sustainable growth and safeguard against downside risks,” the G-7 said.
With the coronavirus outbreak claiming lives every passing day precautions need to be in place. However, Coronavirus’ impact on India and the fear it brings is yet to be fully measured.