India may have only three confirmed cases of coronavirus but Indians aren’t taking any chances

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The global coronavirus outbreak has put Indians on guard.
Over 70% of Indians say they are alert and taking necessary precautions against Covid-19, the disease spread by the novel coronavirus strain, according to a survey conducted by LocalCircles, a community-led social media engagement platform.

Staying alert and taking precautions
72%
Don’t believe it can impact us or Indians at large
16%
Can’t say
6%
Don’t believe it can impact us
3%
Don’t know much about coronavirus
3%.

LocalCircles received 40,000 responses in all from participants based in tier-1, -2, and -3 cities in India.

So far, the country has had three confirmed cases of the coronavirus. All the three patients, from the southern Indian state of Kerala, have fully recovered.

Six Indian nationals onboard the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship have also tested positive. The ship, in Japan, has become a hotbed for the virus, with 454 people onboard testing positive for the disease.

The numbers in China—the epicentre of the epidemic—are far more alarming, having crossed 70,000, with over 1,800 fatalities. The US has 15 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. The World Health Organization has declared it as a public health emergency.

The spread of the Covid-19 disease globally could throw a spanner in the works of Indians’ holiday plans. For 31% of Indians, travel plans are now contingent on how the situation develops globally.

Indians, according to the LocalCircles survey, also expect the government to more stringently monitor travellers coming to India from Singapore, Hong Kong, and mainland China.

At the same time, Indians want their government to continue being a world leader in At the same time, Indians want their government to continue being a world leader in humanitarian efforts. Nearly 83% of the respondents felt that India should ramp up production of facial tissues, masks, toilet paper, and drugs and supply them to countries in need.
Nearly 83% of the respondents felt that India should ramp up production of facial tissues, masks, toilet paper, and drugs and supply them to countries in need.

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