Department of Computer Applications, Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education, India
*Corresponding Author: PK Kavitha, Department of Computer Applications, Kalasalingam Academy of Research and Education, India.
Received: March 30, 2020; Published: April 24, 2020
Coronaviruses are a family of viruses that can cause illnesses such as the common cold, severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) and Middle East respiratory syndrome (MERS). In 2019, a new Coronavirus was identified as the cause of a disease outbreak that originated in China. After starting in China, Coronavirus is now spreading fast in many countries including India. The virus is now known as the severe acute respiratory syndrome Coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2). The disease it causes is called Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). COVID-19 is spreading fast across the globe, currently affecting 177 countries, with around 234000 patients and 10000 deaths as on 21st March. It took around three months to reach first 100,000 patients, but the next 100,000 came in under two weeks. In India, a total of 15,404 samples from 14,514 individuals have been tested for SARS-CoV2 as on 20th March 2020 6 PM IST. A total of 236 individuals have been confirmed positive among suspected patients and contacts of known patients. As on 21st March, four deaths have been reported in India due to COVID-19. Cases of COVID-19 have been reported in a growing number of countries, including the U.S. Public health groups, such as the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), are monitoring the situation and posting updates on their websites. The World Health Organization called it a pandemic on March 11, 2020. COVID-19 was identified in Wuhan, China on December 31, 2019; the disease has spread across the world, affecting over 200,000 people in 166 countries and more than 8,700 deaths.
Keywords:Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19); India; World Health Organization (WHO)
Citation: PK Kavitha. “Coronavirus Disease (Covid-19) in India - An Overview". Acta Scientific Medical Sciences 4.5 (2020): 64-70.
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