Epidemic is far from over in Asia-Pacific

01 Avril, 2020, 15:54 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • The World Health Organisation does not expect any country to be safe as the coronavirus will eventually get everywhere said a spokesman

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has published operational planning guidelines to help countries balance the demands to fight COVID-19 while maintaining other essential health services.

The coronavirus epidemic is "far from over" in the Asia-Pacific region.

"Let me be clear".

East Asia was the first region to be hit by the virus but cases are now tapering off. Europe and the USA are now the focus of the epidemic.

Even amidst strict restrictions, as long as the global epidemic exists, the risk of the Virus spreading in countries of the Asia-Pacific Zone will prevail.

"This is a pandemic unlike the world has ever seen, and it has changed our system and put a strain on people's lives in an unprecedented way", said Takeshi Kasai, WHO regional director for the Western Pacific region.

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Dr Kasai warned that countries that are seeing a tapering off of cases should not let down their guard, as the virus may come surging back. We need every country to keep preparing for large-scale community transmission.

As of March 31, World Health Organization data showed that the Western Pacific region now has tallied a total of 104,869 COVID-19 cases, including 3,671 deaths.

According to Reuters, WHO Technical Adviser Matthew Griffith also pointed out that no countries are safe at this point.

"Whereas countries and areas in this region have shown how to flatten the curve, outbreaks continue to pop up in new places and importation remains a concern", Griffith said at the briefing, citing cases in Singapore and South Korea from people who traveled overseas.

The Philippines on Tuesday recorded 538 new coronavirus cases, the biggest one-day jump in cases since the virus emerged in the Philippines, bringing the total number of COVID-19 patients to 2,084.

In a virtual media briefing, Health Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire said 88 patients have died and 49 recovered.

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