Coronavirus in India: Everything You Need to Know

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Coronavirus, the most appalling respiratory illness, first identified during an investigation in Wuhan, China. This is the large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as SARS (Severe acute respiratory syndrome) and MERS (Middle East respiratory syndrome). After affecting thousands of people worldwide, the Coronavirus outbreak reaches India. According to the latest report as of the date of writing this article (March 5th, 2020), the total number of people infected by COVID-19 in India has gone up to twenty-nine, after a Paytm employee in Gurugram tested positive. Yesterday, thirteen Italian tourists in India have been reportedly tested positive for COVID-19.


Preventive Measures Taken By Indian Government

As cases of Coronavirus see a rise globally, the Health Ministry of India is taking all possible precautions for the prevention of these viruses and to cure the affected people. The NCPCR (National Commission for Protection of Child Rights) issued an advisory regarding precautions to be taken against this epidemic to prevent the spread of infection among school-going children. Also, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare request and recommend that schools should avoid a large gathering of students in the school premises. Any staff member and student who have traveled to any COVID-19 affected area in the last 28 days should be monitored and home quarantined for 14 days.

At  Indian  Airports, various preventive measures against Coronavirus have been taken. Protective gears like surgical masks and gloves are being provided and multiple hand sanitizing points have been set up. Also, passengers will have to undergo thermal screening at most airports in India. It is also important to know that the Government of India has canceled e-visas issued to foreign nationals flying from the affected countries. They also advised Indians to avoid traveling to China. Not just Airports, many effective measures have also been taken at 12 major seaports and 65 minor seaports and land borders. The ministry of health has set up two quarantine centers for passengers having symptoms of COVID-19.


Impact of Coronavirus on India’s trade

The impact of Coronavirus on India’s Trade is estimated to be $348 million, and the Indian economy is one of the top 15 economies highly affected by the slowdown of manufacturing in China. The most affected sectors include automotive, Pharmaceuticals, electronics, tourism, and aviation. India imports a large percentage of electric machines, mechanical appliances, and surgical instruments from China, and if COVID-19 leads to an extended slow down in China, the majority of the Indian businesses are likely to get impacted.

This novel epidemic, not just slow down the Chinese economy, but impact the whole world.

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