WHO / COVID-19 UPDATE

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“We're in a phase of preparedness for a potential pandemic,” the officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday at a press briefing in Geneva, in their update on the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus. WHO

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DATELINE: 24 FEBRUARY 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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1. Exterior shot, WHO Headquarters

24 FEBRUARY 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, Tedros and Ryan arriving for press conference
3. Pan right, from cameras to Tedros and Ryan
4. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Micheal Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme:
“Now is the time to prepare. So, we're in a phase of preparedness for a potential pandemic. That doesn't stop anyone doing what they need to do, we've had enough countries now import disease. It is time to prepare. It is time to do everything you would do in preparing for a pandemic.”
5. Med shot, cameras and reporters
6. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Micheal Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme:
“Pandemics of influenza can be sometimes called a lot earlier because we know we've had previous pandemics and we know with influenza that when there is highly efficient community transmission, as we see with seasonal flu, that the disease does spread around the world. And it has proven that time and time again, so it's much easier to say a pandemic will occur in an influenza situation.”
7. Cutaway, reporters
8. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Micheal Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme:
“It is clear that China and a number of other countries with smaller events have managed to suppress and contain the virus. But as I said, some countries are struggling with that. So, we have to now see, can we learn the lessons? And I think that's going to be one of the important things coming from the mission to China, is collating and bringing together all of that experience that China's had over the last eight weeks, to see what we can learn about, what the right things to do, what works, what doesn't work, what's effective, what's not effective.”
9. Wide shot, cameras
10. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Every country must make its own risk assessment for its own context. WHO is also continuing to do its own risk assessment and is monitoring the evolution of the epidemic around the clock.”
11. Close up, photographers
12. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Micheal Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme:
“This is about good risk management. It's about good communication between States. It's about management and early detection of cases and their appropriate isolation and treatment. It's not about shutting borders, it's about, coherent, coordinated public health action by a number of Member States who share borders in order to effectively manage the public health consequences of, any importation of COVID-19.”
13. Various shots, press conference

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“We're in a phase of preparedness for a potential pandemic,” the officials from the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Monday at a press briefing in Geneva, in their update on the ongoing outbreak of COVID-19 coronavirus.

“Now is the time to prepare,” said Dr Micheal Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme.” It is time to do everything you would do in preparing for a pandemic.”

Dr Ryan explained that the WHO can sometime announce an influenza pandemic earlier since “we know we've had previous pandemics and we know with influenza that when there is highly efficient community transmission, as we see with seasonal flu, that the disease does spread around the world.”

According to the WHO, as of 24 February, 79 331 cases of COVID-19 were confirmed globally, with China accounting for the vast majority of cases (77 262). WHO’s officials have visited China recently and praised the country’s government for good management of the crisis.

“It is clear that China and a number of other countries with smaller events have managed to suppress and contain the virus,” he said. “So, we have to now see, can we learn the lessons? And I think that's going to be one of the important things coming from the mission to China, is collating and bringing together all of that experience that China's had over the last eight weeks, to see what we can learn about, what the right things to do, what works, what doesn't work, what's effective, what's not effective,” Dr Rayan added.

For his part, WHO’s Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “every country must make its own risk assessment for its own context. WHO is also continuing to do its own risk assessment and is monitoring the evolution of the epidemic around the clock.”

WHO also warned against an increasing number of reports of public stigmatization against people from areas affected by the epidemic and called for cooperation between countries in containing the outbreak.

“This is about good risk management. It's about good communication between States,” said WHO’s Dr Rayan. “It's about management and early detection of cases and their appropriate isolation and treatment. It's not about shutting borders, it's about, coherent, coordinated public health action by a number of Member States who share borders in order to effectively manage the public health consequences of, any importation of COVID-19.”

As of Monday (24 Feb), 77 331 case of COVID-19 was confirmed globally – 77 262 in China alone and 2069 in 29 other countries. 2618 people have died from the disease.
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