The deadly outbreak has claimed lives of over 3,000 people and thousands have been infected. Since it’s a new strain, there is no specific vaccine that can treat the virus.

The Health Ministry on March 2, 2020, confirmed that two cases of coronavirus have emerged one in New Delhi and another in Kerala. The disease has already claimed over 3000 lives and infected more than 80,000 worldwide. The third case is from Kerala’s Kasargod district.

The Health Ministry on March 2, 2020, confirmed that two cases of coronavirus have emerged one in New Delhi and another in Kerala. The disease has already claimed over 3000 lives and infected more than 80,000 worldwide. The third case is from Kerala’s Kasargod district.

What is coronavirus?
The coronavirus is a family of viruses that can cause a range of illnesses in humans including the common cold and more severe forms like SARS and MERS which are life-there

How did the recent outbreak occur?

The recent outbreak of coronavirus is believed to have occurred in a market for illegal wildlife in the central Chinese city of Wuhan. Chinese health authorities and the WHO are investigating the outbreak of the recent coronavirus which has claimed 17 lives and reportedly infected hundreds.

Is the recent strain fatal?
Since it’s a new strain, there is no specific vaccine that can treat it. However, according to the WHO, “many of the symptoms can be treated & therefore treatment based on the patient’s clinical condition”. However, it has already killed over 3000 globally.

What steps have been taken so far to check its spread?
The Chinese govt initially locked down Wuhan – the epicenter of the virus outbreak. However, it was too.

How is India responding to the outbreak?
India has expanded the screening of international travelers. Few Indian travelers who were found with the coronavirus strain have been isolated and treated before their release.

 

How has it affected the economy?
Worries are mounting that prolonged quarantines, supply chain disruptions and a sharp reduction in tourism and business travel could weaken the global economy or even cause a recession.

 

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