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Trace Test Treat: The Way Forward

The Bleeding Ink

Countries cannot simply lock down their societies to defeat coronavirus, the World Health Organization’s top emergency expert said, adding that public health measures are equally needed to curb the proliferation of this virus.

Dr Mike Ryan said: “What we really need to focus on is finding those who are sick, those who have the virus, and isolate them, find their contacts and isolate them,”in an interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show.

In the year 2012, On the World Malaria Day, WHO launched an initiative called T3: Test, Treat, Track, urging malaria-endemic countries, donors and the global malaria community to scale up diagnostic testing, treatment and surveillance for malaria. This framework was provided for the endemic countries to strengthen these three pillars of malaria control and elimination.

The recent inception of COVID-19 requires understanding transmission patterns. Cases and close contactsin the general population can be restrictedto close settings(like…

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