Coronavirus: ‘Aggressive’ motion wanted in South East Asia, says WHO

A woman wears a protective mask stands at a local bus station on March 15, 2020 in Yogyakarta, Indonesia.Image copyright Getty Images
Image caption The variety of infections within the area proceed to rise

The World Health Organization has referred to as for South East Asia to scale up “aggressive measures” to fight the rising coronavirus outbreak.

It comes as infections within the area proceed to rise, forcing nations to lock down borders and shut faculties.

The WHO’s South East Asia area incorporates 11 nations, nearly all of which have now recorded virus instances.

It contains Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bangladesh and North Korea.

Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director of the WHO South East Asia area, stated on Tuesday that “more clusters of virus transmission are being confirmed”.

“We clearly need to do more, and urgently.”

What’s the scenario within the area?

Many regional nations exterior the WHO’s definition of South East Asia have had a sluggish response to the outbreak, solely taking drastic measures in latest weeks or days because the variety of instances proceed to develop.

Malaysia, which now has the best variety of instances within the area, didn’t put any strict social distancing measures in place till it had an enormous leap within the variety of instances.

Most of the nation’s infections have been linked to a non secular gathering that was attended by round 16,000 folks.

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Image caption File photograph of mosque prayers in Malaysia

Malaysia has now locked down its borders, banning the entry of all travellers. Schools within the nation have additionally been closed.

In close by Indonesia, which in line with John Hopkins has 172 recorded instances of the virus, President Joko Widodo admitted lately that he intentionally held again details about the unfold of the virus to forestall panic.

The Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte had earlier in February joked that he wished to “slap” the virus. The Philippines has now launched sweeping quarantine measures which have left thousands and thousands confined within the capital, Manila.

Myanmar and Laos have each not reported any instances of the virus – although specialists have significantly doubted the credibility of this.

A spokesperson for Myanmar’s authorities claimed that individuals’s “lifestyle and diet” have protected them from the virus.

There are additionally no instances of the virus in Timor-Leste.

What has the WHO suggested?

The WHO has stated the numbers popping out of South East Asia present that “some countries are clearly heading towards community transmission of Covid-19”.

It referred to as for continued efforts to “detect, test, treat, isolate and trace contacts”.

Dr Khetrapal Singh stated “practicing social distancing [could] not be emphasized enough… this alone has the potential to substantially reduce transmission”.

“We need to act now,” stated Dr Singh.

What’s the scenario worldwide?

According to John Hopkins, there at the moment are 197,139 confirmed instances worldwide, with 7,916 international deaths recorded.

The fundamental bulk of deaths come from China, the place the virus first emerged final December.

But the virus is now spreading quicker exterior China than inside, with numerous the main focus shifting to Europe, the place instances have spiked over latest weeks.

The EU has now ban travellers from exterior the bloc for 30 days, as instances proceed to soar in Italy and Spain.

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