WHO / COVID-19 UPDATE

02-Mar-2020 00:04:24
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that in the last 24 hours, there were almost nine times more COVID-19 cases reported outside of China than inside China, with the epidemics in the Republic of Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan being WHO’s greatest concern. WHO
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STORY: WHO / COVID-19 UPDATE
TRT: 4:24
SOURCE: WHO
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / NTAS

DATELINE: 02 MARCH 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND / RECENT
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02 MARCH 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND

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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“In the last 24 hours, there were almost nine times more cases reported outside China than inside China. The epidemics in the Republic of Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan are our greatest concern.
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“A WHO team have arrived in Iran this afternoon to deliver supplies and support the government in the response.”
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael J Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme:
“The team arrived with capacity and reagents and supplies for over 100, 000 diagnostic tests and with PPW that will supply over 15,000 health workers.”
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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“This virus is not influenza. We are in unchartered territory, we have never seen before a respiratory pathogen that's capable of community transmission, but at the same time, which can also be contained with the right measures.”
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11. SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“But containment of COVID-19 is feasible and must remain the top priority for all countries.”
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13. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael J Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme:
“But when we look at this at a global level, and we look at the number of countries affected, and of them the number of countries who have established community transmission, we are still hopeful that containment is the right first strategy, but clearly containment with the purpose of slowing down the virus. And if we're lucky, and if we do the job really well, we may get the opportunity. We just might get the opportunity to interrupt transmission.”
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15. SOUNDBITE (English) Maria Van Kerkhove, Technical lead, WHO Health Emergencies Programme:
“All countries are able right now to talk to their communities. All of them are able to tell their population, what they can do and what they should avoid. All hospitals can get ready. That is something that can be applied across the globe. All countries can be looking for cases right now, all countries can be aggressively finding those first cases and following those contacts over time.”
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17. SOUNDBITE (English) Michael J Ryan, Executive Director, WHO Health Emergencies Programme:
“Here we have a disease for which we have no vaccine, no treatment. We don't fully understand transmission. We don't fully understand the case fatality. What we have been genuinely heartened by, is that unlike influenza, where countries have fought back, where they've put in place strong measures, we've remarkably seen that the virus is suppressed. Or at least the clinical appearance of the virus, the number of clinically apparent cases has been greatly suppressed. And the hope in that is, that this virus is and the DG said in this speech, it's not an influenza and it's not behaving like influenza. It is behaving like COVID-19. The problem is we don't know exactly how COVID-19 behaves, but we know it's not translating in exactly the same way that influenza was and that offers us a glimmer, a chink of light, that this virus can be suppressed and pushed and contained. And at the very least, by doing that, we give all the health systems in the world a chance to prepare and potentially develop therapeutics and vaccines to prevent it.”
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STORYLINE
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that in the last 24 hours, there were almost nine times more COVID-19 cases reported outside of China than inside China, with the epidemics in the Republic of Korea, Italy, Iran and Japan being WHO’s greatest concern.

Speaking to reporters today (02 Mar) in Geneva, Tedros said that a WHO team had arrived in Iran this afternoon to deliver supplies and support the government in the response.

According to WHO, the number of cases in China continues to decline, with 206 cases reported to the WHO yesterday – that’s the lowest number since 22 January. Outside of China, a total of 8,739 cases have been reported in 61 countries with 127 deaths.

Also speaking to reporters was WHO’s Executive Director Michael Ryan. He said, “when we look at this at a global level, and we look at the number of countries affected, and of them the number of countries who have established community transmission, we are still hopeful that containment is the right first strategy, but clearly containment with the purpose of slowing down the virus.”

He added, “and if we're lucky, and if we do the job really well, we may get the opportunity. We just might get the opportunity to interrupt transmission.”

Maria Van Kerkhove, Technical lead at WHO said, “all countries are able right now to talk to their communities. All of them are able to tell their population, what they can do and what they should avoid. All hospitals can get ready.”

She continued, “that is something that can be applied across the globe. All countries can be looking for cases right now, all countries can be aggressively finding those first cases and following those contacts over time.”

Noting that the world is facing “a disease for which we have no vaccine, no treatment,” Ryan said, “we don't fully understand transmission. We don't fully understand the case fatality. What we have been genuinely heartened by, is that unlike influenza, where countries have fought back, where they've put in place strong measures, we've remarkably seen that the virus is suppressed. Or at least the clinical appearance of the virus, the number of clinically apparent cases has been greatly suppressed.”

Ryan continued, “the problem is we don't know exactly how COVID-19 behaves, but we know it's not translating in exactly the same way that influenza was and that offers us a glimmer, a chink of light, that this virus can be suppressed and pushed and contained. And at the very least, by doing that, we give all the health systems in the world a chance to prepare and potentially develop therapeutics and vaccines to prevent it.”

According to the UN, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs, Mark Lowcock, yesterday released 15 million USD from the Central Emergency Relief Fund (CERF) to help fund global efforts to contain the virus. This funding has been released to the WHO and to UNICEF for monitoring the spread of the virus, investigating cases and the operation of national labs, among other essential activities.
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