Coronavirus India: As India reports cases of coronavirus, experts fear the spread of South Asia World news
India, Pakistan and Bangladesh are home to some 1.7 billion people, or more than a fifth of the world’s population, but their overly stretched health systems may have difficulty managing the type of intensive care needed for patients with coronavirus.
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On top of that, the prevalence of existing health problems such as diabetes could mean problems, while the kind of radical restrictions that China has imposed to quell the virus would be very difficult in the most rebellious cities in South Asia.
“The way in which Indian society is structured, the kind of closure that many countries have instituted, including China and Japan, is practically impossible even in good circumstances,” said Vivekanand Jha, executive director of the George Institute for Public Health, in New Delhi.
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The total confirmed coronavirus in India increased to 29 on Wednesday, from six earlier this week.
The coronavirus, which emerged in China at the end of last year, has infected more than 95,000 people worldwide and killed more than 3,200, most of them in China.
Some health experts fear that even with the recent increase in cases, India’s actual count could be much higher.
“There is a great possibility that the number of cases in India is much greater than what has been detected,” said Arunkumar G, director of the Manipal Institute of Virology, citing a virus incubation of up to two weeks.
Fears were fueled this week when the Indian health minister revealed that 16 foreign tourists who tested positive had been on tour since mid-February.
Last week, US intelligence sources. UU. They told Reuters that the available countermeasures from India and the potential of the virus to spread to its dense population was a matter of serious concern.
The government of India says it has evaluated more than one million travelers, has increased its testing capabilities and has established isolation rooms in all major cities with international airports.
However, it is estimated that 450 million of the 1.3 billion people in India are immigrants, and a large number of people pack their rail and road systems daily, which means that controlling any spread would be a great challenge.
India’s high number of diabetics, 77 million, and high rates of problems such as kidney disease could lead to increased morbidity or prolonged treatment, experts said.
“A particular risk of India is the coexistence of other epidemics of noncommunicable diseases,” said Dr. Rajib Dasgupta, a professor of community health at Jawaharlal Nehru University in New Delhi.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government says he is confident in his ability to stop the spread of the virus.
“The coronavirus is a challenge, but the Indian government has taken all initiatives to ensure that it stops,” said Union Minister V V Sadananda Gowda, who oversees the pharmaceutical sector.
Neighbor Pakistan has found five cases of coronavirus. A senior health official was bleak about the prospects of addressing an important outbreak.
“We don’t have human resources, we don’t have the required inventory, we don’t have the capacity to face a major emergency with the resources given,” Shahid Malik, secretary general of the Pakistan Medical Association, told Reuters. .
Bangladesh has not confirmed any cases of the coronavirus, but five Bangladeshi workers have tested positive in Singapore.
The Bangladesh Ministry of Health said that more than 300,000 people were examined at airports and other border points.
But a passenger was not impressed by what he considered a lax exam upon arrival in the capital, Dhaka.
“Many of us could skip the test. Imagine what would happen if someone infected with the virus comes in. It will be a total disaster,” Farid Yamin, a Bangladeshi who works in Singapore, told Reuters.