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Toronto, Apr 16 (Canadian-Media): As of 11 April 2020, there are 5916 confirmed cases; and 178 deaths related to COVID-19 in India, Consul General of India Toronto reported.
I.Early measures taken to reduce the contagion rate of COVID-19 are as follows:
India took early proactive measures which ensured we stay ahead of the curve;
II.The Largest lock-down in the world
This lockdown was truly unprecedented. It has included, for instance; Stoppage of over 13,000 railway passenger services a day, for the first time in India’s history as a Republic. We also stopped all flight services, most public transport and so on.
Even the WHO acknowledged that our public health responses were proactive, pre-emptive and graded.
And yet we maintained continuity of essential services—power supply, water, energy, food products, banking, even delivering essential goods to India's neighbours—at this time.
Such measures were inevitable for India because we had no other realistic choice. It is a measure of the acceptance of this need that all political parties, in all of India’s 28 States and Union Territories have enforced the lockdown.
This is because all public authorities in India know that there are immense variations in availability of medical services and infrastructure in India. Therefore, an exponential rise in the infection rate could overwhelm our doctors and hospitals.
The initial results have been positive. Data shows that our lockdown let us:
III.Measures to mitigate the socio-economic costs:
In terms of mitigation:
It has been heartening to see how positively the nation has responded to the lockdown, recognizing the compulsions and the challenge before India. People responded enthusiastically to Prime Minister’s call to demonstrate appreciation to health workers, and again to light lamps of hope. Indeed, recognition of the seriousness of the challenge can be gauged by the fact that Indians at every level of society are doing their best to follow instructions, as can be seen by the wide usage of masks.
IV.Partnership with the world to fight this international pandemic-
All of these steps have been undertaken after ensuring that we have capacity to address our own needs, while at the same time being mindful of the commercial commitments of our companies and the needs of other citizens of the world, at this time of great humanitarian stress.
At the same time, we are committed to the larger international effort to find both a vaccine and to improve treatment protocols. We are ready to contribute to research in the quest for a vaccine; to make any such candidate vaccines at mass scale and at affordable price points; as well as in the production of affordable medicines to treat the disease.
We are also prepared to work with our international partners to ensure that the international organizations that serve as both global control towers and repositories of best practice, are suitably upgraded to help humanity address future global challenges better than this pandemic has been handled.
V.The way forward.
While it is not possible to forecast what steps we may need to take in future, India will continue to take all possible measures to reduce the spread of this contagion.