The recent outbreak of coronavirus (now known as COVID-19) in China has sparked global concern. The virus was speculated to from a market in Wuhan, China back in December. After then, it has spread to other countries including India. Now, let’s talk about the impact of Covid-19 in India and what this means to JeetWin. But first of all, let’s understand what the coronavirus is.
What is Coronavirus?
Coronaviruses are a type of virus which causes disease and are known to be capable of transmitting between animals and human. The newly identified type of coronavirus known as COVID-19 has caused a recent outbreak of respiratory illness causing sometimes leading to death. The deadly virus pandemic started in China and has now spread rapidly throughout the world. Unfortunately until today, health authorities are unaware of the origin of COVID-19 and when it will stop.
Coronavirus in India
Coronavirus cases has increased across the world and India is not spared. As of 11 March 2020, the WHO declared the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) to be a pandemic and reiterated its call for countries to take urgent action; and step up their response to treat, diagnose and minimize transmission to save people’s lives. The Ministry of Home Affairs India announced that it would handle Covid-19 as a “notified disaster.” With Covid-19 cases starting to show an upward trend in the region, Indian Federal Health Minister Harsh Vardhan is confident that that the government are fully prepared to combat the virus.
India has so far registered a total of 3,577 Covid-19 cases. Those include 275 people who have recovered and 83 confirmed deaths. India is doing its best to speed up, scale, contain and minimize the spread of the virus. The Government of India uses quarantine, cohort and infection control procedures to prevent the spread of the virus. Unfortunately, thousands of reported cases have been tested, resulting in confirmed cases of coronavirus in India. Coronavirus quarantine was declared in Maharashtra, including Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane, Nagpur, and Pimpri-Chinchawad, until 30 March. Measures include the closing of malls, gyms, film theaters and swimming pools. Similar steps have been declared in Hyderabad and other major Indian cities.
India Government Response
Furthermore, the Government of India immediately began reacting to the threat, and screening centers have been set up in major cities in India. Protective steps were first introduced in January. The Government of India has given travel advice to its people, in particular to Wuhan. It directed seven major international airports to conduct thermal screening for passengers arriving from China. By early mid-March, the government had developed measures to tackle the worsening pandemic in the country, including seven ministries working together to set up new quarantine and treatment facilities throughout the country. Plans have also been build to prevent an emergency. In an advisory released on 10 March, the Government urged people to stop non-essential travel abroad.
The Government has strongly recommended against travel to China, Italy, Iran, Korea, Japan, France, Spain, and Germany. India has suspended e-visa given to nationals of France, Germany, and Spain. On 17 March, the Government of India released an advisory invitation to all Indian States to adopt social distancing initiatives as a preventive strategy for implementation by 31 March. On 22 March 2020, at the behest of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, India implemented a 14-hour voluntary public curfew. It was followed by lockdowns in 75 districts; where COVID cases had occurred as well as in all major cities. Further, on 24 March, the Prime Minister ordered a national lockdown for 21 days, impacting the entire 1.3 billion Indian population.
Here is the Indian Government Preventive Controls to Coronavirus spread:
- Evacuation Measures
- Visas canceled for foreign nationals traveling from infected countries
- Ensure availability of coronavirus drugs in India
- Coronavirus screening, testing and quarantining at Indian airports
- Lab testing for coronavirus in India
- Visa cancellations and travel restrictions
- Lockdown for 21 days
Precaution Measures for Coronavirus
Since there is no coronavirus vaccine and no cure has yet been found. Such preventive steps should follow to prevent the spread of the virus. These are the following precautions to obey:
- Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water or with an alcohol-based hand sanitizer for at least 20 seconds.
- Keep your hands and fingers away from your eyes, nose, and mouth.
- Avoid close contact with infected people.
- Maintain social distancing such as avoiding non-essential gatherings, crowded places and even common greetings such as handshakes. Limit contact with people at higher risk like older adults’ and those in poor health. Keep a distance of at least 2 meters away from others.
- Practice respiratory hygiene such as covering your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
- Stay at home if begin to feel unwell.
Symptoms of Coronavirus
Here are the most common symptoms of the coronavirus in people who suffered from them:
- Dry Cough
- Coughing up sputum or thick phlegm
- Shortness of breath
- Bone or Joint Pain
- Sore throat
- Nausea or vomiting
- Stuffy Nose
- Coughing up blood
- Swollen eyes
JeetWin Message to Everyone
In times of this tough situation that is going on across the globe. JeetWin prays for the welfare of every human being. We would like to wish everyone is safe and healthy in this period of crisis. We adhere to everyone to follow the importance of good hygiene and safety precautions against Covid-19. As always, thank you for being a customer as our services still remain and for continued trust; as we manage through this hard time together. JeetWin is motivated by this conviction that we are all in this together. And it is only by working in unity that we can beat this pandemic. Stay safe!