An appraisal of Covid-19 pandemic on an international perspective.

 An appraisal of Covid-19 pandemic on an international perspective.
 

 Theo Clay looks out of his window next to his hand-drawn picture of a rainbow in Liverpool, as the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues. Liverpool, Britain, March 25, 2020. REUTERS/Phil Noble - RC20RF9PVHJG

 

As on the 07th August 2020,in the whole world 19.6 million people were infected by the corona virus and 715,000 people have died. Country wise, the US lost the maximum at 160000 people but their per million mortality rate is only 488.53. Considering per million mortality rate,Belgium ranks the first at 863.33 per million.This is closely followed by the United Kingdom where the per million rate is 698.06, then Peru at 638.46 and followed by Spain at 609.97 as per today’s statistics. One of the countries claimed to be having no mortality or infection is North Korea bearing in mind that the regime suppress all unfavourable data. Pacific Islands are said to be without corona virus infection. Although an autocratic state, the reports from Vietnam is more credible than North Korea, where the total mortality is only10, and the per million rate is only 0.1!. If true, it is a good record, bearing in mind the country is densely populated. The next closest to that record is Taiwan. There were BBC reports that countries like India are not giving a true picture of mortality. What the BBC report, is that the authorities count only deaths certified as by Covid-19. Initially, Indian authorities led by Narendra Modi controlled the pandemic with stringent lock down measures, but later it spread like wild fire. Donald Trump of the US and Jair Bolsonaro,of Bazil were accused of downplaying the crisis, and as leaders of the countries they addressed the nations to consider Covid-19 pandemic, just like a flu! This was against the guide lines of the chief of World Health Organisation, who repeatedly asked all heads of countries to implement strict measures like quarantine, social distancing,testing and tracing and scrupulous washing of hands. Although initially China tried to hush up the news of spread of Covid-19, later they enforced harsh methods, so that they achieved 3.36 deaths per million people, or total mortality of 4680 as on today. Amazingly densely populated Far East cities like Hong Kong and Singapore were hardly affected by the menace of corona virus. But in Mumbai, and in Delhi the death rate was alarmingly high. This stark difference in mortality in Asian population in those cities suggests, the public health management and enforcement have a real role to play in containing the spread of corona virus infection. Today, one of the readers of my blog asked, when will the Corona virus disappear. I told him, like small pox, measles, Hepatitis B virus, corona virus also will be with us for ever. Remember, dinosaurs ruled the world about 200 million years ago, and the nature made it extinct about 60 million years ago! History teaches us how periodically human population was severely curtailed by bacterial and viral epidemics and pandemics.But I am sure a vaccine will be invented soon, which will safeguard the health of the public.

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