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India has a huge capacity to eradicate the coronavirus pandemic: WHO | India News


GENEVA: India, which in the past led the world in eradicating two silent killers, smallpox and polio, has a tremendous ability to eradicate the deadly coronoavirus pandemic that has now claimed nearly 15,000 lives worldwide, according to a senior WHO official.

The executive director of the World Health Organization (WHO), Michael Ryan, said that India, the second most populous country in the world, has an enormous capacity to deal with the coronavirus outbreak, as it has the experience of eradicating smallpox and polio through selective attacks. public intervention

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“India led the world in eradicating two silent killers and eliminating them from the country,” he said Monday during a press conference in Geneva on the Covid-19 pandemic.

India, through targeted public intervention, ended smallpox and gave the world a great gift. India also eradicated polio, he noted.

“India has tremendous capabilities. It is exceptionally important that countries like India lead the way in showing the world what can be done,” said Ryan.

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India led the world in eradicating two silent killers, smallpox and polio, so India has tremendous capacity, “said Ryan.

“There are no easy answers. It is exceptionally important that countries like India show the way to the world as they have before,” he said.

His comments came when the WHO said the death toll rose to 14,652, with more than 334,000 people infected worldwide.

India has reported 492 coronavirus cases and nine deaths, according to data from the Health Ministry on Tuesday. The total number of active Covid-19 cases across the country is now 446, after more than 22 new cases were reported, the ministry said.

Meanwhile, WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned Monday that the coronavirus pandemic was clearly “accelerating”, but said it was still possible to “change the trajectory” of the outbreak.

“The pandemic is accelerating,” Tedros told reporters at a virtual press conference.

He said it took 67 days from the start of the outbreak in China in late December for the virus to infect the first 100,000 people worldwide.

In comparison, it took 11 days for the second 100,000 cases and only four days for the third 100,000 cases, he said.

“The # Covid-19 pandemic is accelerating. It took 67 days from the first reported case to reach the first 100K cases, 11 days for the second 100K cases and only 4 days for the third 100K cases.

“These numbers matter, they are people, whose lives and families have been turned upside down,” Tedros later tweeted.

“We are not helpless bystanders. We can change the trajectory of this pandemic,” said Tedros.

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