Positive cases of the deadly coronavirus globally is nearing 500,000 and a sense of panic is mounting manifold as the pandemic is reaching unprecedented levels and faster than anticipated.
Over 3 billion people across the world are currently in lockdown and more than 21,000 people have succumbed to the disease so far. Though the pandemic broke out in Wuhan in China’s Hubei province, Italy has taken the biggest blow, making it the new epicenter of the outbreak.
Even as countries like India, the United States, Iran, France, Spain and now Bangladesh brace for the impending crisis, the World Health Organization(WHO) has claimed that ‘lockdown’ alone will not be able to 'extinguish the epidemic'.
Addressing the media from the WHO’s headquarters in Geneva, its Director-General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said, 'To slow the spread of COVID-19, many countries introduced ‘lockdown’ measures. But these measures, on their own, will not extinguish epidemics. We call on all countries to use this time to attack the coronavirus. You have created a second window of opportunity.'
He said that aggressive measures to isolate and treat people are the fastest ways to prevent the rapid spread of the disease, especially for countries that have vulnerable health systems.