WHO / COVID-19 UPDATE

01-Jul-2020 00:04:34
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus told reporters that “more than 10.3 million cases of COVID-19 have now been reported to WHO, and more than 506,000 deaths,” with 60 percent of those cases reported in the past month. WHO
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STORY: WHO / COVID-19 UPDATE
TRT: 04:34
SOURCE: WHO
RESTRICTIONS: NONE
LANGUAGE: ENGLISH / ARABIC / NATS

DATELINE: 01 JULY 2020, GENEVA, SWITZERLAND
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1. Various shots, exterior WHO Headquarters
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3. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"More than 10.3 million cases of COVID-19 have now been reported to WHO, and more than 506,000 deaths. For the past week, the number of new cases has exceeded 160,000 on every single day. 60 percent of all cases so far have been reported just in the past month."
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5. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"We will never get tired of saying that the best way out of this pandemic is to take a comprehensive approach. Find, isolate, test and care for every case, trace and quarantine every contact, equip and train health workers and educate and empower communities to protect themselves and others. Not testing alone. Not physical distancing alone. Not contact tracing alone. Not masks alone. Do it all."
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7. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General, World Health Organization (WHO):
"Flare-ups are to be expected as countries start to lift restrictions. But countries that have the systems in place to apply a comprehensive approach should be able to contain these flare-ups locally and avoid reintroducing widespread restrictions. However, we are concerned that some countries have not used all the tools at their disposal and have taken a fragmented approach. These countries face a long, hard road ahead."
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9. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Michael Ryan Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization (WHO):
"The planned mission is an advanced mission much like the previous China mission, where a small advanced team went in advance to make preparations with Chinese colleagues, essentially to set up the scope of the mission, the terms of reference, the areas of study and then to lay out a programme of work to carry out all of that, all of that work. That's currently being obviously dealt with right now in terms of the formalities for that."
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11. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Michael Ryan Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization (WHO):
"And we do expect then, in collaboration with colleagues in China, to define a larger international mission. Again, it's important to note that we welcome such collaboration. In many, many situations, we work very closely with countries who generally will carry out their own investigations and provide those investigations to WHO. And therefore, it is an extra step for any country to invite in international teams and collaborate openly with them. So, we look forward very much to that collaboration."
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13. SOUNDBITE (English) Dr Michael Ryan Executive Director, Health Emergencies Programme, World Health Organization (WHO):
"But again, I'd like just to restate that this is a finding from surveillance that has been carried out over many years. These are not new viruses. We always take any variant strains of swine flu viruses extremely seriously, and that is why we will work and continue to work with our collaborating centres around the world on the surveillance and the development of countermeasures."
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15. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO):
"We are in a race against the clock. Half of all countries in the region face humanitarian emergencies as well. Millions of people live in camps or camp-like settings, health systems are devastated by years of war."
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17. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO):
"We have a considerable migrant workforce in the region and these individuals are more exposed to COVID-19 than others, they're more vulnerable. So, with partners and national authorities, we are working to make sure that the needs of migrants and migrant workers are addressed and to make sure they are protected."
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STORYLINE
WHO Director-General Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus today (1 Jul) told reporters that “more than 10.3 million cases of COVID-19 have now been reported to WHO, and more than 506,000 deaths,” with 60 percent of those cases reported in the past month.

Dr Tedros said, “we will never get tired of saying that the best way out of this pandemic is to take a comprehensive approach. Find, isolate, test and care for every case, trace and quarantine every contact, equip and train health workers and educate and empower communities to protect themselves and others.”

He said, “not testing alone. Not physical distancing alone. Not contact tracing alone. Not masks alone. Do it all."

The WHO chief said, “flare-ups are to be expected as countries start to lift restrictions. But countries that have the systems in place to apply a comprehensive approach should be able to contain these flare-ups locally and avoid reintroducing widespread restrictions.”

He expressed concern that “some countries have not used all the tools at their disposal and have taken a fragmented approach. These countries face a long, hard road ahead."

WHO’s Health Emergencies Programme Executive Director, Dr Michael Ryan, said, an upcoming WHO mission to China will consist of “a small advanced team” that will make preparations with Chinese counterparts, on the scope of the mission.

Ryan said, “we do expect then, in collaboration with colleagues in China, to define a larger international mission. Again, it's important to note that we welcome such collaboration. In many, many situations, we work very closely with countries who generally will carry out their own investigations and provide those investigations to WHO."

Also briefing reporters, the Regional Director for the Eastern Mediterranean Region (EMRO), Dr Ahmed Al-Mandhari, said, “we are in a race against the clock. Half of all countries in the region face humanitarian emergencies as well. Millions of people live in camps or camp-like settings, health systems are devastated by years of war."

Al-Mandhari said, “we have a considerable migrant workforce in the region and these individuals are more exposed to COVID-19 than others, they're more vulnerable. So, with partners and national authorities, we are working to make sure that the needs of migrants and migrant workers are addressed and to make sure they are protected."

According to WHO’s latest situation report, there are 10,357,662 confirmed cases worldwide and 508,055 confirmed deaths
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