The number of those who have fallen sick with Coronavirus is constantly growing. It has reached tens of states throughout the world. Authorities of the states take stringent measures to fight it, canceling big events and seal borders in particular. The international economy has suffered from it, large enterprises go cheaper along with the prices for oil.
The ministers of India recommended to close all the primary and residential schools and hostels and to switch off biometric systems within organizations because of the possible spread of the virus. As reported earlier by the Health Secretary of India, there were 29 cases of infected registered in the country. 3 people have recovered. These figures vary following different resources.
And Indian doctors are sounding the alarm: for the first time in the country a small child registered with a Coronavirus infection. It is known that a three-year-old baby was with his family in Italy recently.
A child from Kerala became the youngest patient with Coronavirus in India. As Chinese epidemiologists have previously stated, children and adolescents under the age of 19 are least likely to be infected. Most often and most seriously, elderly people and patients with associated diseases and weak immunity suffer from new pneumonia.
In India, the movement of passenger trains was also stopped, the metro was stopped, and intercity and international bus services were canceled. Cruise ship calls to Indian ports are prohibited until March 31. At the same time, cargo ships and transport aircraft continue to arrive in the country.
Markets, shopping centers, cinemas, gyms, and fitness centers are closed too. The public activity of religious organizations was temporarily suspended. All mass events have been canceled, in many regions, it is forbidden to gather in groups of more than five people. Only medical facilities, pharmacies, grocery stores, vegetable and dairy stores, bakeries are open, and communication is open. City duty services continue to work.
The Prime Minister of India, long distinguished by authoritarian tendencies, addressed his fellow citizens at eight o’clock in the evening. Four hours later, they will be prohibited from leaving home for three weeks. The quarantine will last 21 days.
- All residents of the country during this period are not allowed to leave home for any reason.
- The measures will take effect from midnight local time (6:30 pm. GMT).
- The head of government announced the creation of a fund of almost two billion dollars, for investment in medical infrastructure.
- He urged citizens not to spread rumors and follow instructions.
- Coronavirus-related restrictive measures were effective in India for some time.
- Recently, the head of government has called on citizens to voluntarily obey curfew, and most Indians have listened to him.
- On Monday morning, all establishments, except the most necessary, were closed in the country, and railway communication between the cities was stopped.
- The number of infected in India is close to 500, nine dead.
On the eve of a nationwide quarantine was introduced in Great Britain. Previously, alike measures were introduced in Spain, Italy, France, the Czech Republic, and several other countries. As a rule, they do not mean a complete ban on leaving home - people can go to shops for groceries and essentials, go to work, walk in parks. However, social distancing is required so as not to encounter the virus carrier.
Most commentators on the Indian Twitter segment are urging everyone to support quarantine, but Modi's announced measures are also criticized. Some commentators believe that people needed time to get ready.
Rise in the disease occurred the day before in India. During the day, 29 carriers of COVID-19 were detected there. They are all associated with a group of tourists from Italy. It is too early for panicking, the Indian authorities say, but how the Indian system of health is going to deal with a possible outbreak is a question.
Meanwhile, India stopped issuing visas to citizens of Italy, China, Iran, and South Korea and introduced sanitary controls for all passengers at airports.
The outbreak of the virus was first recorded in the Chinese city of Wuchang in the end of December 2019. In early March 2020, the WHO announced an outbreak of pandemic infection.
However, it is reported that Coronavirus spreading could lead to a shortage of basic medicines - this is because India, the largest producer and supplier of generics in the world, has announced a significant decrease in drug exports.
The limitations imposed by India on deliveries to the global market will affect 26 generics (active substances that are part of various drugs), just like finished medicines based on them, in particular, paracetamol, which is the world`s most common antipyretic and analgesics. Several types of antibiotics are also included into the list, such as tinidazole, vitamin B12, erythromycin and the hormone progesterone.
As explained, in the manufacture of medications, India is 70% dependent on components manufactured in China, where several pharmaceutical factories have now closed because of Coronavirus.
The Indian authorities say that supples of finished drugs will last for three months in the previous volumes, so there is no reason for panic yet. However, economists at the University of Oxford warn that export restrictions will inevitably lead to price escalation of basic drugs.