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‘Scale Issue’ Differs In COVID-19 Surge In US And India, Says WHO’s India Representative

Dr Roderico Ofrin, WHO’s India Representative believes ‘the scale of the surge and scale of the response’ is the difference between countries like the US and India

'Scale Issue' Differs In COVID-19 Surge In US And India, Says WHO's India Representative
Highlights
  • India is currently witnessing a second wave of coronavirus pandemic
  • India is the second worst affected country by COVID-19 in terms of cases
  • No harm in preparing for the third wave of COVID-19: Dr Roderico Ofrin, WHO

Geneva: The difference in COVID-19 surge in countries like the United States and India is the “scale of the surge and scale of the response”, says Dr Roderico Ofrin, WHO’s India Representative as the pandemic continues to challenges country’s health infrastructure. “I think the difference is in terms of scale. The pattern of how this has spread and the waves whether it was in Europe or the US is fairly similar. But the scale is very different. The density of the population is probably a factor for this,” Dr Ofrin told UN News in an exclusive interview on Monday (April 3).

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…so it’s a scale issue — the scale of the surge and scale of the response. I think that would be the big difference in these countries that have seen the surge, he added.

Over the possible spread of double mutant in India, Dr Ofrin said that “there is some evidence of variants, such as the B.1.17 as being more contagious and as more transmissibility and so is the B.1.617 which as the double mutations. But that alone is not much proof yet in terms of if it’s the single driver in the rapid rise in cases.”

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Whether India should prepare for the third wave, the WHO official said,

There is no problem in keep on preparing. It’s a whole cycle — preparedness, readiness, response and recovery. It’s a whole cycle and you don’t stop. We have to be ahead of the game because we know how to deal with it. The tools are the same — consistent testing, contact tracing, in this case, active case finding and early proper treatment.

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On UN’s response to COVID-19 surge in India, Dr Ofrin said, “We have 2600 network of experts in place in 23 states and union territories. That’s the network of staff that will have dealt with public health goals.”

We have also repurposed some of our staff and experts in the health system, he added. India on Sunday 3,68,147 new coronavirus infections and 3,417 related deaths in the last 24 hours, informed the union health ministry on Monday morning. With this, the cumulative count of the cases went up to 1,99,25,604.

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(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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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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