As Prime Minister Narendra Modi introduced the extension of present lockdown until Might 3, the World Well being Group has lauded “India’s robust and well timed actions” towards the coronavirus. “It could be early to speak about ends in numbers, however a six-week nationwide lockdown to facilitate efficient bodily distancing, coupled with the growth of core public well being measures similar to detection, isolation and tracing contact of coronavirus constructive folks, would go a good distance in arresting the virus unfold,” stated WHO’s South-East Asia Regional Director, Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh.
“Regardless of large and a number of challenges, India has been demonstrating unwavering dedication in its combat towards the pandemic,” she stated.
“In these testing instances, the motion lies as a lot with the communities as with the authorities and the well being workforce,” she added.
“It’s certainly time for every and everybody to contribute their greatest and collectively to beat the virus,” Dr Singh stated.
Modi on Tuesday stated the implementation of the lockdown can be strictly ensured in coming days to make sure that the virus doesn’t unfold to new areas. The prime minister stated an in depth guideline on the implementation of the brand new lockdown can be introduced on Wednesday.
In keeping with the Union Well being Ministry figures, a complete of 339 folks have died of COVIOD-19 until date within the nation, whereas the variety of contaminated circumstances has soared to 10,363 on Tuesday.
A PTI tally of figures reported by varied states as on Monday night, nonetheless, confirmed at the very least 346 deaths.
There was a lag within the Union Well being Ministry figures, in comparison with the variety of deaths introduced by totally different states, which officers attribute to procedural delays in assigning the circumstances to particular person states.
(With PTI inputs)