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Jakarta Post

Increase national preparedness in facing pandemics

  • Diah S. Saminarsih and Olivia Herlinda

Jakarta   /   Thu, February 6 2020   /  01:25 am

In 1918, the global influenza pandemic caused worldwide morbidity in one third of the world’s population and killed as many as 50 million people (2.8 percent of the total population). Over a century later, the world is still not ready to face another emerging pandemic. The World Health Organization estimates that if the same outbreak occurs now with a population four times larger, then 50 to 80 million lives will be lost. The 2019 novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) is suspected to have first emerged from direct contact with animals in the Wuhan seafood market in China’s Hubei province. As of Monday, WHO recorded 17,205 cases in China, with 361 deaths. The number does not include confirmed cases in other countries. Based on these rapidly growing number of cases across borders, on Jan. 30 WHO declared the situation a global health emergency.Although WHO does not impose trade and travel rest...