WHO / COVID-19 UPDATE

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Countries must act quickly and robustly to contain the coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic, the World Health Organization said on Friday, as it raised the global risk assessment of the infection to “very high." WHO

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DATELINE: 28 FEBRUARY 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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28 FEBRUARY 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

2. Wide shot, press conference
3. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“The continued increase in the number of cases and the number of affected countries over the last few days are clearly of concern. Our epidemiologists have been monitoring these developments continuously and we have now increased our assessment of the risk of spread and the risk of impact of COVID-19 to very high at global level.”
4. Cutaway, reporters
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“It calls for all countries to educate their populations, to expand surveillance, to find, isolate and care for every case, to trace every contact and to take on all of government and all of society approach.”
6. Cutaway, reporters
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael J Ryan, Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization (WHO):
“Clearly is that containing the virus and interrupting transmission gives us an opportunity to stop the virus, But, what it's clearly doing, as you've seen in China and Singapore, it's slowing the virus down and allowing us to get ready, to prepare. To accept that mitigation is the only option, is to accept that the virus, cannot be stopped."
8. Cutaway, reporters
9. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael J Ryan, Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization (WHO):
“The discussion we need to have is, yes, we need to understand the origin of the virus so we can prevent it re-emerging, not in a way of trying to find out who's at fault, and what poor animal is at fault for the virus. The animals aren't at fault for this, so I think we need to be careful in the language we use, because the language of stigma and origin and who's to blame is something that's become an unfortunate part of the global narrative, which is not helpful.”
10. Cutaway, WHO official
11. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael J Ryan, Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We are sending teams to too many countries at the moment who has small teams in 18 priority countries in the African region. We are sending teams to many countries in the Eastern Mediterranean region, including Afghanistan, Iraq. and our regional office for the Americas continues to support preparedness across the Americas and support our colleagues in Brazil and obviously now in Mexico.”
12. Wide shot, press conference

STORYLINE:

Countries must act quickly and robustly to contain the coronavirus COVID-19 epidemic, the World Health Organization said on Friday (28 Feb), as it raised the global risk assessment of the infection to “very high."

The development comes as WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus reported that in the past 24 hours, China had recorded its lowest number of cases in more than a month (329), with 78,959 cases in total.

More than 36,000 people have also recovered from COVID-19 in China alone, WHO said.

The rest of the world has continued to show an uptick in infections, however, with 4,351 cases confirmed in 49 countries and 67 deaths as of 6am in Geneva.

Tedros said that although the increase in the number of cases and affected countries in recent days was concerning, there was no evidence of the virus spreading freely in communities.

He added that 24 cases of infection had been exported from Italy to 14 countries and 97 cases had found their way from Iran to 11 countries.

“The continued increase in the number of cases and the number of affected countries over the last few days are clearly of concern,” he said. “Our epidemiologists have been monitoring these developments continuously and we have now increased our assessment of the risk of spread and the risk of impact of COVID-19 to very high at global level.”

That announcement, Tedros said, “calls for all countries to educate their populations, to expand surveillance, to find, isolate and care for every case, to trace every contact and to take on all of government and all of society approach.”

In Nigeria, where the first case of infection has been confirmed and isolated, the UN agency said it had great confidence that the country could contain the virus. This was thanks to the fact that the country has had success in dealing with other disease outbreaks, such as Lassa fever and measles.

Currently, more than 20 vaccines are in development around the world, along with several therapeutic medicines; the first results were expected within weeks, according to WHO.

In the meantime, the best thing people can do is to be diligent about their personal hygiene, the UN health agency chief insisted, and look out for symptoms, which include a dry cough and fever, rather than a runny nose. The preventative health advice is particularly important with regard to handwashing with soap or alcohol gels, sneezing or coughing into a tissue or the crook of your arm, and staying at home if you feel poorly.

Explaining the implications of the latest threat assessment, Dr Michael J Ryan, Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme of the World Health Organization said that while it was the highest level of alert, the aim was to encourage countries to act, rather than alarm them.

He said “clearly is that containing the virus and interrupting transmission gives us an opportunity to stop the virus. But what it's clearly doing, as you've seen in China and Singapore, it's slowing the virus down and allowing us to get ready, to prepare.”
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