The UN has expressed solidarity with India in its struggle in opposition to coronavirus, with a prime official on the world physique’s well being company praising Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s 21-day nationwide lockdown as a “comprehensive and robust” response to the raging COVID-19 pandemic.
Globally, the number of dead from the coronavirus has risen to 18,915 with greater than 422,900 circumstances reported in over 165 international locations and territories, in response to knowledge from Johns Hopkins College.
The variety of coronavirus circumstances in India stood at 606 on Wednesday with 9 COVID-19 deaths reported up to now, in response to Well being Ministry knowledge.
In an try to stem the unfold of coronavirus in India, PM Modi on Tuesday introduced a nationwide lockdown for 3 weeks.
“United Nations stands in solidarity with India in its fight against COVID-19,” stated a video message tweeted by United Nations Information, the UN’s multimedia service.
The video additionally took word of the “janata curfew” noticed throughout India on Sunday, when the nation’s 1.three billion residents stayed at dwelling from 7 am to 9 pm in an effort to practise social distancing.
Heeding to a name by PM Modi, folks got here out on their balconies, home windows and courtyards to applaud the work of medical professionals on the frontlines within the struggle in opposition to COVID-19.
The usually bustling streets throughout India wore a abandoned look all through the day as folks participated within the curfew. The UN Information video confirmed footage of empty roads and concrete areas on Sunday, simply two days earlier than PM Modi introduced the nationwide lockdown for 3 weeks.
“India is on a 21-day lockdown to try and prevent the COVID-19 pandemic from taking hold. The @UN health agency @WHO urged the Gov to take aggressive action,” UN Information tweeted.
WHO Consultant to India Henk Bekedam praised the nation’s response to the pandemic, describing it as “comprehensive and robust”. “Massive efforts have been made towards prevention and containing the spread, including strengthening surveillance, laboratory capacity, contact tracing and isolation and risk communications,” Henk Bekedam stated.
He stated the Prime Minister’s name for social distancing had acquired widespread neighborhood assist throughout the nation. “It is vital that we come together in solidarity and help in breaking the chain of transmission and flattening the curve,” he stated.
The WHO and different UN companions have been working intently with the Indian authorities on preparedness and response measures, illness surveillance, laboratory and analysis protocols, threat communications, coaching on an infection prevention and management and cluster containment plan, surveillance and monitoring of travellers.