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WHO applauds India’s effort to fight against the coronavirus

The World Health Organization has showered praises on the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s tough and timely actions to curb the spread of the deadly coronavirus pandemic which has proved to be the greatest crisis of the decade. Narendra Modi extended the lockdown which was supposed to be lifted on 14 th of April. The lockdown has been extended to more three weeks till May 3 rd after the number of cases and death toll across the country is escalating at an alarming rate. According to the Union Health Ministry, the total positive number of cases has climbed to over 11.400 while 377 have succumbed to the COVID-19.

While the 21 day lockdown was extended the Prime minister stated that India is in a better position as compared to other countries. He further stated that the lockdown will be strictly followed in the coming days to restrict the spread of the coronavirus in new areas. According to him, India has benefitted a lot from the national lockdown and could have been vastly affected if India had not taken such an integrated approach.

WHO’s South-East Asia Regional director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh has stated that six-week nationwide lockdown to facilitate effective physical distancing, coupled with the expansion of core public health measures such as detection, isolation and tracing contact of coronavirus positive people, would go a long way in arresting the virus spread. She further added that India has been demonstrating unwavering commitment in its fight against the pandemic amidst such difficult times.

WHO executive director J Ryan had earlier praised India’s tremendous capacity in fighting corona saying that it led the world in eradicating two pandemics — small-pox and polio.

 

– Christo Freddy, NMTV News

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