AGENCIES, Geneva: The executive director of the World Health Organisation (WHO) Michael Ryan, on Tuesday, said that India, which led the world in eradicating two silent killers — smallpox and polio — in the past, has a tremendous capacity in eradicating the deadly coronoavirus pandemic, which has now claimed nearly 15,000 lives globally.
“There is a need in the number of labs where a surge is seen. India is a very populous country and the future of this virus will be considered in a very highly and densely populated country. India led the world in eradicating two pandemics, small-pox and polio so India has a tremendous capacity,” J Ryan said during a press conference on COVID-19.
“There are no easy answers. It is exceptionally important that countries like India show the way to the world as they have done before,” he added.
His remarks came as the WHO said the number of deaths soared to 14,652, with more than 334,000 people infected worldwide.
India has reported 499 cases of coronavirus and nine deaths. Meanwhile, the Indian government has taken strict measures to curb the spread of COVID-19 in the country. After the suspension of international flights, no domestic flights will operate from Tuesday midnight, the government has announced, in a massive step in India’s fight to check the spread of coronavirus. There will be no more “in-person” hearings in Supreme Court till further orders and it will hear the urgent matters through “virtual means”. Around 80 cities in the country are under lockdown and the police have started arresting those who are violating the orders of lockdown.