World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus speaks in Geneva. FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP
The dramatic measures taken by China to rein within the lethal new coronavirus outbreak have prevented vital unfold overseas, offering a “window of opportunity” to halt transmission, the World Health Organization stated Tuesday.
But the UN well being company’s chief additionally referred to as for higher solidarity, accusing some governments of rich international locations of being “well behind” in sharing information on virus instances.
“While 99 per cent of cases are in China, in the rest of the world we only have 176 cases,” Tedros stated in a technical briefing to the WHO’s Executive Board in Geneva.
“That doesn’t mean that it won’t get worse. But for sure we have a window of opportunity to act… Let’s not miss this window of opportunity,” he stated.
Tedros stated the WHO had obtained full case report kinds for under 38 per cent of the instances outdoors China.
“Some high-income countries are well behind in sharing this vital data with WHO. I don’t think it’s because they lack capacity,” he stated.
“Without better data, it’s very hard for us to assess how the outbreak is evolving, or what impact it could have, and to ensure we are providing the most appropriate recommendations,” he stated.
More than 20,400 instances of the virus have been confirmed in China because the virus was first detected on December 31.
The toll in mainland China has soared to 425 and greater than 20 international locations have now confirmed instances of the virus, which the WHO has declared a worldwide well being emergency.
Tedros stated the WHO was sending masks, gloves, respirators and 18,000 protecting isolation robes to 24 international locations, in addition to 250,000 check kits to hurry up the method of diagnosing carriers of the virus.
He additionally reiterated his name for international locations to not impose journey and commerce restrictions due to the virus.
“Such restrictions can have the effect of increasing fear and stigma, with a little public health benefit,” he stated, including that 22 international locations had thus far knowledgeable WHO they have been implementing such measures.
“Where such measures have been implemented, we urge that they are short in duration, proportionate to the public health risks, and are reconsidered regularly as the situation evolves,” he stated.