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  • WHO calls for South East Asia nations to scale up aggressive measures to combat Corona virus

    Published on March 18, 2020

    The World Health Organization has called for South East Asia nations to scale up aggressive measures to combat the growing Corona virus outbreak. It comes as infections in the region continue to rise, forcing countries to lock down borders and close schools. South East Asia region contains 11 countries, almost all of which have now recorded virus cases. It includes Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Bangladesh and North Korea.

    Dr Poonam Khetrapal Singh, Regional Director of the WHO for South East Asia region yesterday said  that more clusters of virus transmission are being confirmed. The WHO has said the numbers coming out of South East Asia show that some countries are clearly heading towards community transmission of Covid-19. It called for continued efforts to detect, test, treat, isolate and trace contacts.

    According to WHO, there are now 1,97,139 confirmed cases worldwide, with 7,916 global deaths recorded. The main bulk of deaths come from China, where the virus first emerged last December. But the virus is now spreading faster outside China than inside, with a lot of the focus moving to Europe, where cases have spiked over recent weeks.

    The European Union has now ban travellers from outside the bloc for 30 days, as cases continue to soar in Italy and Spain.