The coronavirus continues to devastate Europe, with Italy suffering the most cases.
In the past 24 hours, 627 people have died in Italy, while thousands more are being treated in overcrowded hospitals. Ian Lee reports.
March 2020, the daily press briefing on coronavirus COVID-19, direct from WHO Headquarters
for the rest of the world that even the most severe situation can be turned around, of course, we must exercise caution the situation can be worse but the experience of cities and countries.
That has pushed back this virus give hope and courage to the rest of the world every day we are learning more about this virus and the disease it caused one of the things we’re learning is that although older people are the hardest hit younger people are not spared data from many countries clearly show that people under 50 make up a significant proportion of patients requiring hospitalization.
for the rest of the world that even the most severe situation can be turned around, of course, we must exercise caution the situation can be worse but the experience of cities and countries that have pushed back this virus gives hope and courage to the rest of the world every day we are learning more about this virus and the disease it caused one of the things we’re learning is that although older people are the hardest hit younger people are not spared data from many countries clearly show
that people under 50 make up a significant proportion of patients requiring hospitalization today I have a message for young people you’re not invincible
This virus could put you in hospital for weeks or even kill you even if you don’t get sick the choices you make about where you go could be the difference between life and death for someone else I’m grateful that so many young people are spreading the word and not the virus as I keep saying solidarity is the key
To defeating Kovac 19 solidarity between countries but also between age groups thank you for hitting our call for solidarity solidarity solidarity we have said from the beginning that our greatest concern is the impact this virus could have if it gains a foothold in countries with weaker health systems or with
vulnerable populations that concern has now become very real and urgent we know that if this disease takes hold in these countries there could be significant signal and loss of life but that’s not inevitable unlike any pandemic in history we have the power to change the way this gold WH er is working actively to support all countries and especially those that need our support the most as you know the collapse of the market for personal protective equipment has created extreme difficulties in ensuring health workers have access to the equipment they need to do their job safely and effectively this is an area of key concern for us we have now identified some
producers in China who have agreed to supply whu-oh we’re currently finalizing the arrangements and coordinating shipments so we can refill our warehouse to ship PP to whoever needs it most our aim is to build a pipeline to ensure continuity of supply we support from our partner’s governments and the private sector I’m grateful to Jack
Ma and his foundation as well as Alec Odin Gautier for their willingness to help provide essential supplies to countries in need to support our call to test every suspected case we’re also working hard to increase the global supply of diagnostic kits there are many companies globally that produce diagnostic kits but WHo can only buy or recommend kids that have been evaluated independently to ensure their quality so we have worked with fine the foundation for innovative.
New Diagnostics to contract additional labs to evaluate new Diagnostics in parallel we’re working with companies to secure the supply and equitable distribution of this tests and we’re also working with companies to increase the production of the other products needed to perform the tests from the swabs used to take samples to the large machines needed to process them we’re very grateful for the way the private sector has stepped up to lend its support to the global response just in the past few days I have spoken with the International Chamber of Commerce with many.
CEOs through the World Economic Forum and with a b20 group of business leaders from the g20 countries we understand the heavy financial toll this pandemic is taking on businesses and the global economy we’re encouraged by the Solidarity and generosity of business leaders to use their resources experience and networks to improve the availability of supplies communicate reliable information and protect their staff and customers and we’re also encouraged that countries around the world continue to support the global response we tank Kuwait for its contribution of 40 million US dollars in addition to increasing access to masks gloves gowns and tests we are also increasing access to the evidence-based technical guidance countries and health workers need to save lives.
Who-oh has published guidelines for health ministers health system administrators and other decision-makers to help them provide life-saving treatment as health systems are challenged without compromising the safety of health workers the guidelines detail actions all countries can take to provide care for patients regardless of how many cases they have they also outline specific actions to prepare health systems into each of the four C’s no cases sporadic cases clusters of cases and community transmission these guidelines provide a wealth of practical information on screening and triage referral stuff supplies standard a standard of care community engagement and more.
We encourage all countries to use this and other many other guidelines which are all available on the WHI website but we’re not only advising countries we also have advice for individuals around the world especially those who are now adjusting to a new reality we know that for many people…