Coronavirus: “Very grave” worldwide virus threat, says WHO:
The deadly coronavirus, which is now spreading globally, has taken the lives of more than 1,018 people. This death toll has covered the one due to SARS, that began in China around 20 years ago. The new virus managed to infect 42,638 new people in China by Tuesday, and the total number of cases now are 43,112. There were 2,097 new infections in Hubei, which is the least daily increase since February 1.
The World Health Organization (WHO) stated that in 2002-2003 the severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), led to the death of 774 people and infected almost 8,100 in 26 countries in eight months. 45% of those deaths were in mainland China.
The John Hopkins university’s real-time tracker for the coronavirus has reported around 43,112 confirmed cases in 27 countries and the virus has now been declared as a global health emergency by the WHO.
Until Monday, 1,622 samples were tested in India. 654 os those samples were from the quarantine centers that have been set up for those who were evacuated from Wuhan.
Since flights to and from the United States and China have been suspended to control the spread of the virus, the postal operators say that it is having a huge impact on the transfer of letters and parcels.
The Associated Press saw a note in which the United States Postal Service has informed its counterparts across the world, that they are “experiencing significant difficulties” in sending letters, parcels and express mail to China, “because most of its supplier airlines have suspended their flights”.
All the countries have been asked to be “as aggressive as possible” against the disease, by the World Health Organization (WHO).
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in Geneva, “If the world doesn’t want to wake up and consider the virus as public enemy number one, I don’t think we will learn for our lessons. We are still in containment strategy and should not allow the virus to have a space to have local transmission.”
The chief also said that the first vaccine to fight the coronavirus will take around 18 months to be ready, so we need to use everything available to us and fight the virus today.
He encouraged the world to come together in the efforts against coronavirus to avoid “far more cases and far higher costs”.
The chief also gave the right name for the virus, which is COVID-19 and said that it is important to avoid stigma and that other names might be inaccurate.