WHO headquarters

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday said that lifting of lockdowns must be done gradually as easing restrictive lockdown measures may lead to an increase in the number of coronavirus cases.

WHO regional director for the Western Pacific Takeshi Kasai said that people must continue to adapt and find ways to stop transmission of coronavirus until an effective treatment or a vaccine for the deadly virus is discovered.

We need to ready ourselves for a new way of living for the foreseeable future.At least until a vaccine, or a very effective treatment, is found, this process will need to become our new normal,” said Kasai.

Coronavirus cases in India crossed the 18,000 mark on Tuesday morning with 18,601 cases, including 590 deaths.

The number of active cases is 14259 and 3251 people have been cured or discharged.

Over 2000 cases of coronavirus have been reported from the national capital of the country.

Delhi has the second highest number of coronavirus cases in the country after Maharashtra.

However, the doubling rate of COVID-19 cases calculated using growth over the past seven days indicates that India’s doubling rate for the week before lockdown was 3.4 and has improved to 7.5 as on Sunday

There are now 59 additional districts from 23 States/UTs that have not reported any fresh cases during the last 14 days.

Six new districts have recently been included in the list- Tripura’s Gomati, Goa’s North Goa, Gujarat’s Jamnagar and Morbi, and Rajasthan’s Dungarpur and Pali.

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