The World Health Organization said on Monday it was deeply concerned about the spread of the coronavirus in low income countries and asked countries to step up its process to test and isolate cases to stop the spread. "We have seen a rapid escalation in social distancing measures, like closing schools and cancelling sporting events and other gatherings".
"All countries should be able to test all suspected cases, they can not fight this pandemic blindfolded", he added.
"We have not seen an urgent enough escalation in testing, isolation, and contact tracing, which is the backbone of the response", Tedros said. Dr Tedros did not provide the latest numbers, but according to an AFP tally Monday based on official sources, more than 175,500 cases have been recorded worldwide. Italy is now the worst affected country outside of China, with over 1,800 deaths.
She also said children tend to have mild symptoms. But on their own, they aren't enough to extinguish this COVID-19 pandemic.
Later, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, the technical lead for WHO Health Emergencies Program, added that countries need to increase the number of labs, availability of test kits, and the number of people who can conduct those tests.
More Covid-19 tests are still being produced to meet the global demand. "You can not fight a fire blindfolded, and we can not stop this pandemic if we don't know who is infected".
He acknowledged though that many countries have already exceeded their capacity to care for mild cases, and urged those countries to prioritise older patients and those with underlying health conditions, while others could be isolated at home.
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A patient on a stretcher is transported by medical workers wearing protective suits at Gemelli hospital in Europe. "That's why we're calling on every country and every individual to do everything they can to stop transmission".
This includes, Tedros said, refraining from hoarding essential items like medicines and other products which "can exacerbate suffering".
United States vice president Mike Pence promised on Sunday that Americans would have access in the days ahead to more than 2,000 laboratories capable of processing tests.
"This is the defining global health crisis of our time The days, weeks and months ahead will be a test of our resolve, a test of our trust in science, and a test of solidarity".
They also say 13 more people have died, mainly in Hubei Province, with the country's death toll now standing at 3,226. In order to get on the flight, she didn't tell anyone that she believed she might be infected with the coronavirus .
The S&P index recorded no new 52-week highs and 325 new lows, while the Nasdaq recorded three new highs and 1,238 new lows. The coronavirus outbreak has produced the most profound shock to the financial system since the crash almost 12 years ago.
British Columbia health officials have banned gatherings of over 50 people in an effort to prevent the further spread of COVID-19. Officials did not confirm where the seven new cases are, only that they are in the Island Health catchment area.
Miami Beach's famed South Beach is being closed nightly to avoid large gatherings of spring breakers from around the world there. About 170 guardsmen are in Broward now, DeSantis said several hundred more are expected to arrive Monday.
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New Zealand bond yields have never been lower than they are now - meaning it is very cheap for the Government to borrow money. Economist Shamubeel Eaqub said he was not surprised that fixed home loan rates had not yet been cut.
Political parties in Spain welcomed King Felipe's statement renouncing his inheritance and expressed their support to the monarch. Juan Carlos , 82, became king in November 1975 and reigned until his abdication in June 2014.
Italy's proportion of fatalities to confirmed cases of the new coronavirus infection is now higher than that of China. More than 24,700 people in the country have been diagnosed with the disease and more than 1,800 people have died.
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Other major provinces and cities have also reported some infections, with Gyeonggi Province reporting 20 additional cases. South Korean soldiers disinfect Daegu after a second cluster of cases linked to a religious group emerged.