The World Health Organization (WHO) said there is an “opportunity” to stop the new Corona virus from turning into a wider global crisis.
The director of the organization, Tedros Adhanom Giberisos, praised the steps China had taken to fight the virus in its center, and considered it a good way to stop its spread.
This comes at a time when Chinese officials have been widely criticized for their initial handling of the virus.
On Tuesday alone, nearly 4,000 new cases were confirmed in the country.
China has announced the death of at least 490 people, with more than one 24,300 A confirmed case, much fewer than in other countries around the world.
The World Health Organization declared a “global health emergency” due to the outbreak, but said it had not yet reached a “pandemic” stage, or a new disease had spread throughout the world.
According to the data, 80 percent of those who died were over the age of 60, and 75 percent had chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes, according to the National Health Committee of China (NHC).
The new corona virus causes an acute respiratory infection, and symptoms usually begin with a fever and then a dry cough. Most people are likely to recover completely as if they have the flu.
What did the World Health Organization say?
In his speech at a press conference in Geneva, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) praised the measures taken by the Chinese authorities in Wuhan, in the central province of Hubei, which is the epicenter of the disease, where millions of people are staying in their homes and severe restrictions on movement have been imposed .
“There is a window of hope for efforts to contain the virus in light of the strong measures China is taking in the center of the disease. So let us take this opportunity to prevent its spread and control,” Tedros said, stressing that developing countries have failed to share data on it.
This came a day after the Chinese top leadership recognized “deficiencies and deficiencies in efficiency” in the measures taken by the country. The government has been accused of underestimating the severity of the virus at the start of its outbreak and, in some cases, trying to keep its news secret.
The authorities had charged a doctor in Wuhan who had tried to warn his colleagues late last year that he had “made false comments”, and the police asked him to stop “illegal activity”.
Tedros also stressed the call of the countries of the world not to impose restrictions on travel and trade, saying that 22 countries have officially reported taking such measures, and he urged that these restrictions be “short-term and not exaggerated” and that they be reviewed regularly.
But Chen Xu, Chinas ambassador to the United Nations in Geneva, said that some of the restrictions were already inconsistent with the directives of the World Health Organization, and asked the world not to overreact.
What are the latest developments around the world?
Earlier, Sylvie Briand, director of the WHO’s Global Epidemiological Preparedness Division, said the outbreak is “currently” not as epidemic, and while more than 20 countries have reported cases, there have been no confirmation of infections in Africa or Latin America. .
She stressed the importance of addressing unfounded rumors, and said it could be “an obstacle to a good response and hamper the effective implementation of countermeasures.”
Meanwhile, 27 human-to-human infections have occurred in 9 countries other than China, according to the World Health Organization.
Among other developments:
The governments of Britain and France asked their Chinese citizens to leave the country if possible.
Taiwan said it will deny entry to all foreign nationals who have been on mainland China for the past 14 days, starting on Friday.
Macau, a special administrative region in China and one of the largest gambling centers in Asia, has announced that it will temporarily close all casinos.
In Japan, health officials examined about 3,700 people on a cruise ship after one of the passengers was tested positive for the virus.
The University of Hong Kong estimates that the total number of cases may be much higher than official figures.
Dr. David Heyman, who led the WHO efforts to tackle the outbreak of SARS, or acute respiratory syndrome in 2002-2003, told the new Corona virus that it appears to be still increasing, and it is too early to estimate when it will peak.