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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 47  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 134-135

Scope of international traffic restrictions in the containment of the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic: World Health Organization


1 Member of the Medical Education Unit and Institute Research Council, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India
2 Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth – Deemed to be University, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District, Tamil Nadu, India

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Dr. Saurabh RamBihariLal Shrivastava
Professor, Department of Community Medicine, Shri Sathya Sai Medical College and Research Institute, Sri Balaji Vidyapeeth (SBV) – Deemed to be University, Tiruporur - Guduvancherry Main Road, Ammapettai, Nellikuppam, Chengalpet District - 603108, Tamil Nadu
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DOI: 10.4103/jss.JSS_52_20

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The Corona Virus Disease-2019 (COVID-19) pandemic has been declared as a Public Health Emergency of International Concern and its overall risk of transmission at global level has also been increased to very high based on the recent trends of the disease. It is the need of the hour to strengthen international traffic regulations, if we really want to limit the onward spread of the infection to other nations. The recent recommendations released by the World Health Organization does not support travel or trade restrictions in nations which are reporting cases. Acknowledging all these facts and understanding about the disease as it continues to evolve, the best approach for the containment of the infection is to increase the awareness level of travellers about the preventive measures and to obtain the health declaration from travellers at the time of arrival. In conclusion, for the containment of COVID-19 outbreak and for minimizing the risk of further transmission, strengthening of the international traffic regulations will play a critical role.


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