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Coronavirus: WHO asks Indians 'no need to panic' after 28 positive cases reported

Speed News Desk | Updated on: 5 March 2020, 12:38 IST

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that Indians don’t have to panic about the epidemic of Covid-19 coronavirus. Talking to India Today, Dr Rodrico Ofrin, Regional Emergencies of travelling abroad, citizens’ contracted the virus on foreign land.

Talking about whether the virus will abate as temperatures rise, he stated, "We don't know that yet, research still going on the same. It is a relatively new virus so gathering information on it will take time. Research on it is taking place 24x7, even as we speak there many experts across the globe are trying to figure out its evolution."

With 28 coronavirus cases in India, the masses are concerned a lot. Should Indians panic?

To this, Dr Rodrico Ofrin stated, "There is no need to panic, the need of the hour is to get more trained doctors and nurses to treat the infected. We know India has come up with many centres, that's the way to go about it. Hospitals have isolation wards, those need to be activated as soon as possible."

Talking on what the citizens can do, he said, "As an Indian citizen you need to maintain basic hygiene like washing one's hands often, covering ones mouth while sneezing, if you feel sick rush to a doctor as soon as possible."

Nevertheless, Dr Rodrico Ofrin recommended the old and the very young, that’s the age group which is most vulnerable to the virus. He further stated that extreme precaution should be taken by these two age groups.

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First published: 5 March 2020, 11:14 IST