WHO lauds India’s move to extend lockdown

Director General of WHO Dr Tedros - File Photo

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has appreciated India’s move to extend lockdown by 19 more days up to May 3rd. The move has also received support from within the country as well including from the opposition parties.

Reacting on India’s decision to extend the lockdown, WHO South-East Asia Regional Director Dr Punam Khetrapal has termed the move as ‘great’ while recollecting its efforts in implementing the total lockdown for 21 days. “The six-week lockdown would definitely yield results and the world for sure will witness it”, she said.

WHO Country Office for India has been working closely with Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on preparedness and response measures for COVID-19, including surveillance and contact tracing, laboratory diagnosis, risk communications and community engagement, hospital preparedness, infection prevention and control, and implementation of containment plan.

“India is at a crucial juncture in its fight against COVID-19. The country has responded with urgency and determination as reflected in the Prime Minister’s bold and decisive leadership. The government has also aggressively stepped up the response measures – find, isolate, test, treat and trace. WHO is supporting the government’s endeavour to further strengthen and intensify surveillance and build the capacity of the health system. WHO stands together in solidarity with the government in its firm resolve to overcome this unprecedented challenge,” says Dr Henk Bekedam, WHO Representative to India.

Meanwhile, a total of 10363 COVID-19 cases, including 76 foreign nationals have been reported in 32 states and union territories in India. These include 1035 who have been cured or discharged, 1 who has migrated and 339 deaths.