WHO / COVID-19 UPDATE

16-Mar-2020 00:04:16
“Test, test, test,” said the head of the World Health Organization Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in his update on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and explained that “you cannot fight a fire blindfolded and we cannot stop this pandemic if we don't know who is infected.” WHO
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STORY: WHO / COVID-19 UPDATE
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SOURCE: WHO
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LANGUAGE: ENGLISH /NATS

DATELINE: 16 MARCH 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1.Wide shot, exterior WHO Headquarters
2.Wide shot, panel
3.Med shot, Tedros speaking
4.SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We have also seen a rapid escalation in social distancing measures, like closing schools and canceling sporting events and other gatherings, but we have not seen an urgent enough escalation in testing, isolation and contact tracing, which is the backbone of the response.”
5.Cutaway, reporters
6.SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“The most effective way to prevent infections and save lives is breaking the chains of transmission. And to do that you must test and isolate. You cannot fight a fire blindfolded and we cannot stop this pandemic if we don't know who is infected. We have a simple message for all countries. Test, test, test.”
7.Cutaway, reporters
8.SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“As the virus moves to low income countries, we're deeply concerned about the impact it could have among populations with high HIV prevalence or among malnourished children. That's why we're calling on every country and every individual, to do everything they can to stop transmission.”
9.Cutaway, reporters
10.SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“We also ask people to express their solidarity by refraining from hoarding essential items, including medicines. Hoarding can create shortages of medicines and other essential products which can exacerbate suffering.”
11.Cutaway, reporters
12.SOUNDBITE (English) Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
“This should be everybody's business. Each and every individual should do everything to protect, himself or herself, and to protect others and should listen to the advice of the national authorities. So, my advice is, is that this virus will not be stopped without the cooperation of the government, the whole society and the citizens.”
13.Cutaway, reporters
14. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Maria Van Kerkhove, Technical lead, WHO Health Emergencies Programme:
“We do know that children tend to have more mild infection, have more mild disease, but we have seen children die from this infection. So, we can't say universally that it's mild in children. So, it is important that we protect children as vulnerable, as a vulnerable population.”
15.Various shots, screening for fever at the WHO Headquarters
16.Various shots, WHO Headquarters
STORYLINE
“Test, test, test,” said the head of the World Health Organization Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in his update on the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and explained that “you cannot fight a fire blindfolded and we cannot stop this pandemic if we don't know who is infected.”

As of Monday 16 March, the World Health Organization (WHO) recorded over 168 000 cases of COVID-19 in 148 countries. 6610 people have died from the disease so far.

In a briefing to media in Geneva on Monday (16 Mar) WHO’s Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said “We have also seen a rapid escalation in social distancing measures, like closing schools and canceling sporting events and other gatherings, but we have not seen an urgent enough escalation in testing, isolation and contact tracing, which is the backbone of the response.”

He also said “the most effective way to prevent infections and save lives is breaking the chains of transmission. And to do that you must test and isolate.”

Dr Tedros called for solidarity “by refraining from hoarding essential items, including medicines. Hoarding can create shortages of medicines and other essential products which can exacerbate suffering.”

Calling for “the cooperation of the government, the whole society and the citizens,” Dr Tedros said “this should be everybody's business. Each and every individual should do everything to protect, himself or herself, and to protect others and should listen to the advice of the national authorities.”
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