Coronavirus: Trump finds a scapegoat in WHO

After blaming coronavirus as democrats’ new hoax, and calling the microbe as “China virus”, WHO has now become Mr. Trump’s latest scapegoat for all the failures of his administration in containing the spread. After blaming the Democrats for investing a ‘hoax’ in the form of novel coronavirus, and pointing fingers at China by calling the … Continue reading Coronavirus: Trump finds a scapegoat in WHO

War against coronavirus should not acquire a religious colour

The large religious congregation held in mid-March by Tablighi Jamaat Nizamuddin in Delhi has turned into a large cluster of novel coronavirus. The organisers should have been aware how their congregation in Malaysia in February led to a spike in cases there. But Delhi government is also equally culpable. Nizamuddin in Delhi has turned into … Continue reading War against coronavirus should not acquire a religious colour

Why WHO is very likely to announce novel coronavirus as public health emergency

There have been major developments since January 23 which makes it almost certain that the WHO after today's meeting will announce the novel coronavirus as public health emergency. "Yes, all the criteria for a ‘Public Health Emergency of International Concern’ have been met, including a serious outbreak, a novel pathogen, international spread, and impacts on … Continue reading Why WHO is very likely to announce novel coronavirus as public health emergency

Novel coronavirus: WHO to reconvene Emergency Committee meeting today

The World Health Organization will be reconvening the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee today (January 30) to decide whether the current outbreak of novel coronavirus constitutes a ‘Public health emergency of international concern’. The World Health Organization will be reconvening the International Health Regulations Emergency Committee today (January 30) to decide whether the current outbreak … Continue reading Novel coronavirus: WHO to reconvene Emergency Committee meeting today

Coronavirus: Shutting down cities to prevent spread is unprecedented, WHO supporting it is puzzling

If shutting down huge cities of 11 and seven million inhabitants is unprecedented, the WHO supporting such a measure is shocking. It goes against the grain of what WHO has always stood for — not restrict travel even when public health emergency is declared. In a bid to curb the spread of the novel coronavirus … Continue reading Coronavirus: Shutting down cities to prevent spread is unprecedented, WHO supporting it is puzzling

WHO postpones declaring novel coronavirus a global health emergency

WHO has postponed making a decision on January 22 whether the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan city of China constitutes Public Health Emergency of International Concern. The committee will meet again today. The World Health Organization’s Emergency Committee has postponed making a decision on Wednesday whether the novel coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan city of China … Continue reading WHO postpones declaring novel coronavirus a global health emergency

Coronavirus: What explains WHO’s hesitancy to regularly update its website?

It is surprising that the WHO does not considering sharing on its website, which was finally updated on January 21 after four days, the information it tweets considering that the website will be the first place that any person would check for latest information. At a time when the novel coronavirus outbreak is becoming alarming … Continue reading Coronavirus: What explains WHO’s hesitancy to regularly update its website?