Coronavirus ‘most extreme well being emergency’ WHO has confronted
Covid-19 is well probably the most extreme world well being emergency ever declared by the World Well being Group (WHO), its chief has mentioned.
Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus mentioned he would reconvene the WHO’s emergency committee this week for a evaluate.
There have been 5 different world well being emergencies: Ebola (two outbreaks), Zika, polio and swine flu.
Greater than 16m instances of Covid-19 have been reported since January, and greater than 650,000 deaths.
“After I declared a public well being emergency of worldwide concern on 30 January… there have been lower than 100 instances outdoors of China, and no deaths,” Dr Tedros mentioned.
“Covid-19 has modified our world. It has introduced individuals, communities and nations collectively, and pushed them aside.”
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The full variety of instances, he added, had roughly doubled prior to now six weeks.
Though the world had made an enormous effort in preventing the virus, there remained “a protracted exhausting highway forward of us”, he mentioned.
In different developments:
- US President Donald Trump’s nationwide safety adviser, Robert O’Brien, has examined optimistic for coronavirus. He’s the highest-ranking official within the administration recognized to have examined optimistic
- Spain insists current outbreaks of latest instances had been remoted and the nation is secure for vacationers to go to, after the UK launched new measures requiring guests from Spain to quarantine for 14 days
- Vietnam has closed the coastal metropolis of Da Nang to vacationers, after 15 new regionally transmitted coronavirus instances had been recorded there – the primary within the nation since April
- US biotech firm Moderna has begun the ultimate part of scientific trials for a possible Covid-19 vaccine. Some 30,000 volunteers are participating within the third and final part of testing earlier than the vaccine could be submitted to a regulatory authority for analysis and attainable approval
- Belgium is tightening restrictions to attempt to keep away from one other lockdown due to a worrying rise within the variety of its instances. From Wednesday, Belgians might be allowed to see a most of 5 individuals outdoors of their households. At the moment a Belgian particular person can meet 15 individuals in a “social bubble”
At Monday’s briefing in Geneva, Switzerland, the WHO additionally mentioned journey restrictions couldn’t be the reply for the long run, and international locations needed to do extra to halt the unfold by adopting confirmed methods similar to social distancing and carrying masks.
“It’s going to be nearly inconceivable for particular person international locations to maintain their borders shut for the foreseeable future. Economies must open up, individuals must work, commerce has to renew,” WHO emergencies programme director Mike Ryan mentioned.
WHO officers acknowledged nonetheless that additional lockdowns in international locations experiencing renewed outbreaks could also be mandatory, however instructed they need to be as quick as attainable, and confined to as small a geographic space as attainable (ie native lockdowns).
“The extra we perceive in regards to the virus, the extra surgical we could be in controlling it,” mentioned Mr Ryan.
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