31 January, 2020
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Syllabus subtopic: Issues Relating to Development and Management of Social Sector/Services relating to Health, Education, Human Resources.
Prelims and Mains focus: about the coronavirus and its spread across the world; measures taken by the Indian government in this regard
News: India reported its first case of novel coronavirus. An Indian student of Wuhan University in China tested positive in Kerala.
The Indian case was announced as experts at the World Health Organization prepared to meet to decide whether to declare the outbreak a global epidemic.
Where did the virus originate?
Is India prepared?
Measures taken by the govt.
What is the criteria for declaring global health emergency?
The WHO declares a Public Health Emergency of International Concern when there is "an extraordinary event which is determined… to constitute a public health risk to other states through the international spread of disease".
It has previously declared five global public health emergencies:
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