COVID-19 epidemics in India, South Asia growing but not exploding – WHO
FILE PHOTO: Mike Ryan, Executive Director of the World Health Organisation (WHO), attends a information convention on the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerl May 3, 2019. REUTERS/Denis Balibouse/File Photo
GENEVA, June 6: The variety of COVID-19 circumstances in India has been doubling each three weeks however the epidemic shouldn’t be rising exponentially within the nation South Asia area, the World Health Organization (WHO) stated on Friday
“In South Asia, not simply in India, however in Bangladesh … Pakistan different nations of South Asia with giant dense populations, the illness has not exploded, however there may be all the time the danger of that taking place,” Dr. Mike Ryan, WHO’s prime emergency professional, advised a information convention.
Soumya Swaminathan, WHO’s chief scientist, noting India has a inhabitants of 1.Three billion, stated that the 200,000 reported circumstances, “look huge however for a rustic of this dimension it’s nonetheless modest”.
WHO epidemiologist Dr. Maria van Kerkhove stated PCR checks can present an individual with gentle an infection being optimistic for fragments of the virus 2-Three weeks after the onset of signs these with extreme circumstances “for for much longer”. “But we don’t know what that pertains to by way of infectiousness, if any individual can truly go the virus,” she stated.