GENEVA / GUTERRES COVID-19

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While the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the COVID-19 outbreak should not be described as a pandemic because it is not spreading uncontrollably, UN Secretary-General today urged all countries to “do everything” to contain the disease. UNTV CH

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STORY: GENEVA / GUTERRES COVID-19
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SOURCE: UNTV CH
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DATELINE: 24 FEBRUARY 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1.Med shot, exterior at the World Health Organization (WHO) in Geneva showing António Guterres, UN Secretary-General, approaching and hugging WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.
2.Med shot, Guterres walks with Dr Tedros and team through WHO lobby.
3.Close up, Guterres shown listening to Dr Tedros and greeting well-wishers (off camera) team through WHO lobby.
4.Wide shot, Mr Guterres walking through WHO lobby flanked by onlookers; journalists and photographers.
5.SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, UN Secretary-General:
“I think it’s important to say that all countries - and this is now a problem that is affecting many countries in the world – all countries must do everything to be prepared and all countries must do everything respecting naturally the principle of non-discrimination, without stigmatization, respecting human rights; doing everything that they can to contain the disease.”
6.Med shot: Mr Guterres arriving for WHO press conference, Dr Tedros behind.
7.SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, UN Secretary-General:
“The disease, it’s still possible to be contained, but if some fail, if some do not do everything that is needed, this can still become out of control with dramatic consequences in global health and the global economy.”
8.Med shot, Press conference participants.
9.SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, UN Secretary-General:
“So, my strong appeal is to all countries to assume their responsibilities and knowing that they can fully count on WHO to support them in that effort.”
10.Close up, partly obscured TV camera operator, Guterres and participants.
11.SOUNDBITE (English) António Guterres, UN Secretary-General:
“If there is something completely stupid to do in today’s world, it is to not fully fund WHO appeals. Because WHO appeals are vital to support Member States to avoid these tragic diseases to become a global nightmare.”
12.Med shot, Guterres inspecting a wall-mounted TV screen displaying polio eradication information.
13.Close up, Guterres and Dr Tedros shown listening to an unnamed speaker.
14.SOUNDBITE (French) António Guterres, UN Secretary-General:
“I would like to inform you that the information I received from the World Health Organization from the recent visit to China is that since the beginning of February, the number of cases has been declining. I hope that this indication can be maintained, on an ongoing basis, and my message to all those who are now in China who are deprived of many aspects of a normal life is a message of gratitude, because it is the sacrifices of those who are deprived of all the positive aspects of life that we enjoy, those who are deprived of that to prevent the spread of the disease, are doing humanity a service.”
15.Med shot, Guterres and Dr Tedros shown chatting with an unnamed speaker, all are looking at a wall-mounted TV displaying Ebola virus outbreak data from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
16. Close up, Guterres, Dr Tedros and other speakers shown looking out of shot while unnamed speaker gives presentation on Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
17. Med shot, Mr Guterres shown listening to information on Ebola virus outbreak in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

STORYLINE:

While the World Health Organization (WHO) declared that the COVID-19 outbreak should not be described as a pandemic because it is not spreading uncontrollably, UN Secretary-General today (24 Feb) urged all countries to “do everything” to contain the disease.

Guterres said, “I think it’s important to say that all countries - and this is now a problem that is affecting many countries in the world – all countries must do everything to be prepared and all countries must do everything respecting naturally the principle of non-discrimination, without stigmatization, respecting human rights; doing everything that they can to contain the disease.”

Although it was still possible to contain the disease “if some fail, if some do not do everything that is needed, this can still become out of control with dramatic consequences for global health and the global economy”, he warned.

Earlier, WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told journalists that while a sudden increase in new cases outside China was very concerning, what was most needed was containment, not scaremongering.

As of 6 am Geneva time on Monday, China reported a total of 77,362 cases of COVID-19, including 2,618 deaths, he said.

According to WHO, outside China, there are now 2074 cases in 28 countries, and 23 deaths. Dr Tedros said that he is deeply concerned by the sudden increases of cases in Italy, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Korea.

In the past 24 hours, China reported 416 new confirmed cases, and 150 deaths, Dr Tedros noted, adding that the WHO team of experts which visited China had found that the epidemic peaked and plateaued between 23 January and 2 February and has been declining steadily since then.

Speaking in Geneva at WHO headquarters, Guterres reiterated his “strong appeal” to countries “to assume their responsibilities and knowing that they can fully count on WHO to support them in that effort.”

On the need to support the UN health agency’s $675 million appeal to stop coronavirus from spreading further, Guterres insisted that “if there is something stupid to do in today’s world, it is to not fully fund WHO appeals. Because WHO appeals are vital to support Member States to avoid these tragic diseases to become a global nightmare.”

Answering a reporter’s question in French, he said: ”I can tell you that the information I received from the WHO after the (experts’) visit to China, is that since the beginning of February, the number of cases is starting to fall. I hope that this situation continues in a constant way, and my message to all those who now in China are having to go without a lot of things that are part of normal life, is a message of gratitude – because these are sacrifices that have been made by people who’ve been deprived of all the positive things of life that we enjoy. Those who’ve been deprived of those things to avoid the virus spreading are in the process of doing a great service for humanity.”
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