Rapid spread of coronavirus infection alarming

04 Avril, 2020, 07:59 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • WHO chief makes urgent global plea for increase in protective equipment medical supplies to fight coronavirus

Exhausted staff in some overwhelmed health care systems could be a factor in mortality rates, Ryan said, adding: "We need to reduce the tsunamis of patients coming through the door to give doctors, nurses and other carers the opportunity to save more lives".

"Over the past five weeks, we have witnessed a near exponential growth in the number of new COVID-19 cases, reaching nearly every country, territory and area", he added.

Speaking at a press briefing on Wednesday, Ghebreyesus expressed concerns about the "rapid escalation and global spread" of coronavirus.

Though scientists have learned an "enormous amount" about the virus in the past few months - after knowing "almost nothing" about it following the initial outbreak in Wuhan, China, he noted - the number of unknowns related to the virus, including its "behavior", makes controlling the outbreak that much harder, he said.

Globally 1,016,534 people have been affected by 53,179 deaths.

"The epidemic does pose unique public health risks in Yemen... given the already weak health system and the high vulnerability among the population", said Marina Wes, the bank's country director.

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Un million de personnes infectées dans le monde — Coronavirus
Le Portugal a décidé mercredi 1er avril de prolonger l'état d'urgence imposé afin de lutter contre la pandémie de coronavirus . Comme auparavant en Italie , en Espagne ou en France , les personnels médicaux demandent des équipements de protection.

The World Health Organisation is calling on governments to implement social welfare programs to protect the vulnerable - warning cases will reach one million soon with 50,000 deaths - as counties halt movement to prevent COVID-19's spread. As per the Health Ministry's updated data, nine fresh deaths were reported - four from Maharashtra, three from Madhya Pradesh and one each from Andhra Pradesh and Punjab.

The WHO chief urged governments to implement social welfare measures to safeguard poor people from going hungry during the crisis.

"Broad and expedited agreement on debt relief is essential to enable them to care for their people and avoid economic collapse". The number of positive COVID-19 cases in the United Kingdom stands at 29,865 with 2,352 total deaths from the virus.

"It is critical that we ensure these countries are well equipped to detect, test, isolate and treat #COVID19 cases, and identify contacts - I am encouraged to see that this is occurring in many countries, despite limited resources", he said.

Iran's health ministry said Covid-19 killed another 124 people, pushing the country's death toll to 3,160.

A safe vaccine is thought to be 12 to 18 months away, while World Health Organization emergencies director Michael Ryan stressed: "There is no therapy that has been proven to be effective in the treatment of COVID-19".

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