New Delhi: India acted quickly on Coronavirus, but the pandemic will reach its peak in the country by July end, World Health Organization’s (WHO) special COVID-19 envoy Dr David Nabarro told NDTV. He asserted that India will witness a sporadic rise in COVID-19 cases after the lockdown is lifted, but the outbreak will be contained in the coming months. Also Read - COVID-19 Could Kill 190,000 in Africa in a Year: WHO
Nabarro was of the view that due to India’s quick action and timely lockdown, the virus is well located in few urban areas or it would have been “difficult to control it in a dense set-up”. Also Read - Coronavirus: Orissa HC Order, Allowing Only Those Who Test Negative to Return, Stayed by SC
“When the lockdown lifts, there will be more cases. But people should not be scared. In the coming months, there will be an increase in (the number of) cases. But there will be stability in India…” he told the leading news channel. Also Read - Madhya Pradesh News: Bravo! This District Has A Unique Method to Identify Who Are Buying Liquor
“There will be sporadic outbreaks over time immediately after the lockdown. Thereon, the outbreaks will be contained. I agree with the timing. Around July-end, there will be a flat peak but it will get better,” he added.
“The lockdown has managed to keep the virus reasonably well located in some specific places. Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Delhi and Tamil Nadu. But it is very much located in some of the urban areas,” he said.
On May 5, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said, “The ultimate measure of success in fighting coronavirus will not be how fast the tools are developed but how equally they can be distributed.” Addressing the opening of the European Union (EU) COVID-19 online pledging conference, the WHO chief had added, “This is an opportunity not only to defeat a common enemy, but to forge a common future, a future in which all people enjoy the right to the highest attainable standard of health.”