New Delhi: In a bid to combat the deadly coronavirus infection while still maintaining essential services, the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday published a detailed manual that includes measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19, while at the same time continue basic emergency services. Also Read - Full Lockdown in Tamil Nadu to be Further Intensified, Assembly Leaders Agree At All-Party Meet

“To help countries manage the surge in #COVID19 cases while maintaining essential services, WHO has published a detailed, practical manual on how to set up and manage treatment centres for COVID-19,” said TA Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO. Also Read - Maharashtra Registers Less Than 50,000 Cases For Fifth Straight Day, Records 850 Deaths in Last 24 Hours

The manual is available on WHO’s official website – – and covers the essential structural design, infection prevention and control measures, as well as ventilation systems. “This is a life-saving instruction manual to deal with surge of cases that some countries are facing right now,” the Director-General said. Also Read - Full Lockdown in Districts Reporting High Cases Should Continue For 6-8 Weeks, Says ICMR

“Even though we’re in midst of crisis,essential health services must continue. Babies are still being born, vaccines must still be delivered and people still need life-saving treatment for a range of other diseases,” he added.

Subsequently, the WHO is also working with its partners to “massively” increase access to life-saving products, including diagnostics, personal protective equipment, medical oxygen, ventilators and more.

Notably, the death toll due to coronavirus, now known as SARS-COV-2 (COVID-19), has crossed the 35,000 mark while more than 7,41,000 people have been infected by the disease.