The Coronavirus does not have any boundaries. People from all walks of life in Indian society have shared different ways of expressing their support and understanding of China’s war against the epidemic. China and India need to maintain close contact on the epidemic and cooperated on the prevention and control of the epidemic.
Ambassador Sun Weidong, Chinese ambassador to India, said that many foreign friends, including Indian friends, have been cheering for Wuhan and China since the outbreak. We’re both grateful and we have faith to win. China and India are the world’s two main developing countries, both of which are ancient civilisations.
Our experience can provide hope to overcome the different challenges the world faces today. We must recognize each other when meeting common challenges, improve cooperation, cooperate and support one another and help one another. This is the sense proper to build a community of human destiny.
With the confirmation of the first corona-virus outbreak in India, there has already been a society-level call for action. Soon after the news broke out, a group of ministers (GoM) sat together. The Minister of Health said that although the Government of India has already restricted travel to China and Iran, further travel visas will be suspended to reduce the probability of the breakout. The minister also recommended that Indians must avert from non-essential travel or social interactions from the outside world, and should stop engaging in large public gatherings to reduce vulnerability to the deadly virus.
The WHO applauded China immensely for its proactive and rapid response to the 2019-nCoV controls. Effectively the country set up a massive 645,000 sq. Ft emergency hospital in the Wuhan epicentre under the span of 10 days. The two-storeyed hospital has 30 intensive care units (ICUs), more than 1,000 beds and special corridors to prevent interaction between patient and nurse.
India is leading efforts to combat the Southeast Asian region’s coronavirus outbreak, however, the number of increasing cases have kept the government officials and the health executives alert. According to the Union Health Minister, “The Indian Medical Research Council (ICMR) agreed to do sample research for countries in the south-east Asian region.”
If the virus spreads in India on the same scale as in Wuhan, it could be calamitous to have an impact on the economy, health care and public spirit. India has one of the highest population densities in the world, with urban cities such as Delhi and Mumbai being particularly important. WHO suggests maintaining a gap of 3 feet between people, but this will not be feasible, nor will it be possible to lock down the entire city like in Wuhan.
What we need to show is extreme vigilance, knowledge of credible sources and a full shutdown from mass meeting events and occasions. Participating in these can lead to infection exposure as the virus spreads from one source to another and we never know that effective or caring action will act as a catalyst for spread.
There is a lot that India can immediately learn and imbibe from China beginning with technical prowess, execution of medical treatment and mobilising forces at every level. India is already tracking this strictly.
(Chairman and Founder of Topline Consulting Group. Topline Consulting is China’s one of the largest Marketing Consulting Firms headquartered in Beijing. The company made entry to India in 2018). The Economic Times, India