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Coronavirus Will Be With Us For A Long Time: World Health Organisation

In a media briefing, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General at the World Health Organisation spoke about the trends in coronavirus in different countries and their preparedness

Coronavirus Will Be With Us For A Long Time: World Health Organisation
Highlights
  • 91% of the countries have laboratory testing capacity for COVID-19: WHO
  • 66% countries have clinical referral system for COVID-19 patients: WHO
  • Only 48% countries have a community engagement plan: WHO

New Delhi: “Make no mistake: we have a long way to go. This virus will be with us for a long time”, said Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General at the World Health Organisation (WHO) in a media briefing on Wednesday (April 22). Dr Tedros noted that different trends of the novel coronavirus are being seen in different regions, and even within regions as well. “Most of the epidemics in Western Europe appear to be stable or declining. Although numbers are low, we see worrying upward trends in Africa, Central and South America, and Eastern Europe”, he said.

Dr Tedros also noted that while most countries are still in the early stages of their epidemics, some that were affected early in the pandemic are now starting to see a resurgence in cases.

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Having said that, Dr Tedros agreed to the fact that lockdown has resulted in flattening the curve and said,

There’s no question that stay-at-home orders and other physical distancing measures have successfully suppressed transmission in many countries. But this virus remains extremely dangerous.

Further addressing the issue of lockdown and how people are not comfortable in being inside their home day in and day out, Dr Tedros said,

People in countries with stay-at-home orders are understandably frustrated with being confined to their homes for weeks on end. People understandably want to get on with their lives, because their lives and livelihoods are at stake. That’s what WHO wants too. And that’s what we are working for, all day, every day. But the world will not and cannot go back to the way things were. There must be a “new normal” – a world that is healthier, safer and better prepared.

Dr Tedros reiterated the public health measures – find every case; isolate every case; test every case; care for every case; trace and quarantine every contact; educate, engage and empower your people – to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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The fight cannot be effective without empowering people and without the full participation of our people. To be clear, WHO’s advice is to find and test every suspected case, not every person in a population, he said.

Dr Tedros also shared the data on countries’ preparedness in winning this battle against COVID-19. Sharing the statistics, he said,

Among countries that have reported data to WHO, 91 per cent have laboratory testing capacity for COVID-19.

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78 per cent of the countries that have reported data to WHO have a preparedness and response plan in place; 76 per cent have surveillance systems in place to detect cases; only 66 per cent of the countries have a clinical referral system in place to care for COVID-19 patients; 48 per cent have a community engagement plan; only 48 per cent have an infection prevention and control programme and standards for water, sanitation and hygiene in health facilities.

In other words, there are still many gaps in the world’s defences, and no single country has everything in place, said Dr Tedros.

While signing off, Dr Tedros addressed the start of the holy month of Ramadan and said that this is a season of reflection and community – an opportunity for kindness and solidarity.

We’re all in this together. And we will only get through it together, signed off Dr Tedros.

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World

24,29,84,542Cases
20,45,14,204Active
3,35,32,126Recovered
49,38,212Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 24,29,84,542 and 49,38,212 have died; 20,45,14,204 are active cases and 3,35,32,126 have recovered as on October 23, 2021 at 3:51 am.

India

3,41,59,562 16,326Cases
1,73,7282,017Active
3,35,32,126 17,677Recovered
4,53,708 666Deaths
In India, there are 3,41,59,562 confirmed cases including 4,53,708 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,73,728 and 3,35,32,126 have recovered as on October 23, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,99,850 1,632

27,747 152

64,32,138 1,744

1,39,965 40

Kerala

48,97,884 9,361

81,490 603

47,88,629 9,401

27,765 563

Karnataka

29,85,227 378

8,920 97

29,38,312 464

37,995 11

Tamil Nadu

26,92,949 1,152

13,531 259

26,43,431 1,392

35,987 19

Andhra Pradesh

20,62,781 478

5,398 102

20,43,050 574

14,333 6

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,069 1

85 22

16,87,085 23

22,899

West Bengal

15,84,492 846

7,577 42

15,57,882 792

19,033 12

Delhi

14,39,526 38

340 29

14,14,095 8

25,091 1

Odisha

10,37,523 467

4,197 139

10,25,025 603

8,301 3

Chhattisgarh

10,05,799 26

214 8

9,92,013 18

13,572

Rajasthan

9,54,396 1

32 4

9,45,410 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,378 25

165 9

8,16,126 16

10,087

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,729 8

80 8

7,82,126 16

10,523

Haryana

7,71,133 8

122 9

7,60,962 17

10,049

Bihar

7,26,045 3

30 0

7,16,354 3

9,661

Telangana

6,69,932 193

3,963 4

6,62,025 196

3,944 1

Assam

6,08,126 315

3,866 104

5,98,296 209

5,964 2

Punjab

6,02,163 28

230 4

5,85,382 24

16,551

Jharkhand

3,48,562 36

183 17

3,43,244 19

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,799 12

166 10

3,36,235 22

7,398

Jammu And Kashmir

3,31,494 108

870 56

3,26,195 52

4,429

Himachal Pradesh

2,22,312 174

1,483 31

2,17,096 141

3,733 2

Goa

1,77,819 54

600 18

1,73,862 72

3,357

Puducherry

1,27,621 57

454 0

1,25,314 56

1,853 1

Manipur

1,23,107 56

906 440

1,20,294 494

1,907 2

Mizoram

1,16,689 745

9,636 398

1,06,653 1,143

400

Tripura

84,376 7

98 7

83,462 14

816

Meghalaya

83,269 59

698 37

81,128 94

1,443 2

Chandigarh

65,320 5

28 2

64,472 3

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,075 10

141 1

54,654 9

280

Sikkim

31,842 23

183 2

31,266 25

393

Nagaland

31,689 19

245 5

30,766 23

678 1

Ladakh

20,896

40 3

20,648 3

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,679 1

4 0

10,671 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

0 0

10,314

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,646

6 1

7,511 1

129

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