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Quarantine people affected by coronavirus

Filed on January 27, 2020 | Last updated on January 27, 2020 at 09.16 pm

Coronavirus is making headlines mostly in this part of world and great panic is spreading the world over (Virus spread is a global emergency; KT, Jan 27). It has been eight weeks since we know of this outbreak, and more than 80 people have succumbed to the disease. More than 2,700 cases have been confirmed in mainland China. The virus is spreading fast, far and wide. The worrying bit is the absence of an antibiotic to contain this virus.

Since there is a strong movement of people among China, GCC countries, India and Pakistan, these countries should take strong preventive action. Screening of people at the entry and exit points of a country, ensuring availability in hospital and medical clinics and having good quarantine places are some of the ways to deal with this growing epidemic.

I agree with Khaleej Times editorial that this is a global medical emergency. The world should unitedly face the challenges of coronavirus rather than pressing the panic button.

-Ramesh G. Jethwani, Bengaluru, India

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