Chapter 2

COVID-19: Impact of Pandemic on SAARC Nations

Rohini Kanwar, Jyoti Rathee, Amit Kumar, Neena Mehta and S. K. Mehta*

Abstract

The recent outbreak of Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome CoronaVirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2), from Wuhan, China, has turned out to be a global pandemic after sustained human to human transmission. While developed nations like the USA, Spain, Italy, Germany, and so forth have not been able to handle the episode, the situation at the moment is devastating in the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation Countries, popularly known as SAARC countries. The present report is an attempt to understand the measurable correlation of the coronavirus cases, casualties, and mortality rates in the SAARC nations. It also analyses the drugs being tested in these countries to battle against the deadly virus. Moreover, the response of SAARC nations against COVID-19 and the effect of lockdown on daily life, economy, environment, and education have been discussed. Finally, to mitigate the COVID-19 pandemic, a strategy has been chalked down based on the knowledge obtained from the rest of the world.

Total Pages: 18-36 (19)

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