The coronavirus scare is being felt all over India. In Pune, Maharashtra, police arrested a hospital pharmacist who stole masks and medicines worth over Rs 35,000. On Sunday last week, authorities found out the 28-year-old pharmacist was stealing various medical equipment, like masks, injections, ointments and tablets worth Rs 35,750 altogether.

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Who could expect medical professionals to hoard supplies for themselves at this moment?

Koregaon Park police arrested this person and charged him under several sections of the Indian Penal Code for theft. Although Maharashtra has not found a confirmed case of the coronavirus so far, the "fear" virus is probably spreading faster.

All of this hoarding behavior causes a severe shortage of items and equipment in need. As a result, the Food and Drug Department of Maharashtra recently asked chemists and pharmacists to not hoard medical equipment.

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Let's hope there will be enough supplies to go around

Indian authorities previously advised people to wear masks only if recommended by their doctors. They also insisted on practicing personal hygiene often as a way to ward off the coronavirus. Airports have also increased screening and added more medical workers to help with the increasing demand for screening travelers more efficiently.

How serious is the coronavirus now?

Meanwhile, coronavirus cases throughout the world have approached 120,000. Cases in China, where the outbreak first occurred, seem to have slowed. But the rest of the world is experiencing an explosion of cases. Italy recently crossed the 10,000 cases threshold with about 650 deaths.

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The Head of WHO says humans are capable to control this epidemic

The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed the "very real" threat that the COVID-19 disease now poses. With the way the virus has developed, it's becoming closer to being a global pandemic according to the WHO. "The threat of a pandemic has become very real," said Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, head of the WHO.

However, there are still signs of hope: Dr. Ghebreyesus assured us that "it would be the first pandemic in history that can be controlled...we are not at the mercy of the virus".

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