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Corona Virus Ranking: India ranks 17 in importing Corona Virus

The researchers of Robert Koch institute in Germany and Humboldt University have founded mathematical model to predict global spread of novel corona virus cases. India was ranked 17th in the ranking system. So far three cases have been reported in Kerala. They are all from Kerala

Highlights

In India, among all the cities, cities with international airports namely Mumbai, Bengaluru, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad and Kochi are at high risks.

The study says that the spread of the virus is predominantly due to air travel. According to the ranking, the top 10 countries that are at risk due to corona virus are Japan, Thailand, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Malaysia, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and Cambodia.

The highest risk of importing the virus was with Thailand. It was 2.1%. The import risk of India was at 0.2% according to the study.

Current Scenario of Corona Virus

The China National Health Commission recently reported that so far 908 people have died due to the virus so far. Due to the virus, food prices have hiked by 20.6% in China.

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WHO organizes Global Research Forum on Corona Virus

The World Health Organization is to host Global Research Forum between February 11, 2020 and February 12, 2020. The event is to be co-hosted by Global Research Collaboration for Infectious Disease Preparedness.

Highlights

The event will bring together leading public health agencies, leading scientists, funders. The experts will build their research on MERS and SARS virus information. This will help to minimize the impact of the virus. The main aim of the forum is to fasten the research and innovation of corona virus.

Current Scenario

There are more than 34,915 reported corona virus cases all over the world. The virus has so far killed 724. Around 2,085 have recovered.

India’s recent Actions

The Ministry of Shipping on February 7, 2020 issued directives to prevent the virus from entering India. The Ministry has placed screening, detection and quarantine system. It will also install thermal scanners. This will be highly helpful to screen passengers entering India through cruises. The Tourism sector is currently vulnerable to the virus, especially in Kerala.

The Ministry of AYUSH has advised precautionary measures to prevent the spread of virus.

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