Measures against Covid-19 needed

The highly contagious novel coronavirus or Covid-19, which was first detected at a seafood market in China’s Wuhan in December last year, is emerging as the biggest global health scare. Countries across the globe are staring at a crisis. Apart from China, Italy and Iran have seen the maximum cases of coronavirus deaths. As the world gears up to battle this deadly virus, the International Monetary Fund has announced $50bn (¬£39bn) in funding for the affected countries. What is worrying is that India also is witnessing a jump in the number of Covid-19 cases.
Another person was on Thursday found infected by the virus, taking the number of positive cases in India to 30. All primary schools in Delhi will be closed till 31 March as a precaution against the spread of the coronavirus, the city government said on Thursday. In a highly populated country like India, if proper precautionary measures are not adopted, there are chances that this virus will spread much quicker. The healthcare facilities in the country, barring a few countable states, are almost nonexistent. The situation is more precarious for a state like Arunachal, where the health sector has crumbled. To make matters worse, the health department seems least worried about the possible spread of the coronavirus. In the Northeast region, Sikkim has banned the entry of foreign tourists temporarily as a precautionary measure. But the government of Arunachal has not taken enough measures to win the confidence of the people.