BH CORRESPONDENT, Kolkata: Nobel laureate Abhijit Banerjee on Tuesday stressed the need to wear masks and wash hands before and after entering a market citing the example of Taiwan and Korea and their strategy in tackling the coronavirus outbreak.
“Countries like Taiwan and Korea have done a good job to arrest the spread of the virus. They didn’t use any modern technology, they just stuck to the basic: social distancing and sanitise hands before and after entering a supermarket. If we can follow these small steps, then we can curb the spread,” Mamata said.
Abhijit is part of the special committee formed by the West Bengal government to manage the fallout of lifting the lockdown.
Addressing a press conference along with Mamata via video link, the Nobel prize winner wanted more testing to be done, saying that India’s rate was much less compared to other countries.
“We need more testing facilities in the state. I’m afraid there are more people with coronavirus than what is being reported. The disease always doesn’t show the symptoms, so it’s tough to distinguish between normal cough, fever and coronavirus,” he added.