Who’s Director-General Tan Desai said on the 18th, in addition to the “Diamond Princess” cruise ship and other specific circumstances, so far there is no data to show that the new coronavirus outside China continued local transmission. “We have not seen the continuous local spread of the new coronavirus (outside China), except for certain circumstances, such as the ‘Diamond Princess’ cruise ship, ” Tan said at a regular press conference on the new coronary pneumonia outbreak. ”
The diamond princess, carrying about 3,700 passengers and crew, was quarantined for two weeks in Yokohama, Japan, after an 80-year-old passenger from Hong Kong, China, was diagnosed with the new coronavirus. At present, the total number of confirmed on the cruise ship is more than 500 people.
Tandesse noted that who has little data on cases outside China available at the time, and that there is no meaningful comparison of the severity or mortality of the disease. WHO is continuing to follow up on national outbreaks to obtain more information on the status and outcome of cases. WHO once again stresses that all countries and regions should be prepared and treat patients in a dignified and compassionate manner, protecting health care and preventing further spread of the virus.
He also announced that WHO has delivered personal protective equipment to 21 countries and will deliver it to another 106 countries in the coming weeks. With WHO support, many countries in Africa and the Americas will soon be able to detect new coronaviruses on their own. “By the end of this week, 40 countries in Africa and 29 in the Americas will be able to detect new coronaviruses. Many countries have been sending samples to other countries for testing, waiting for results that can take several days. Now they can self-test within 24 to 48 hours. “
Mr Tandese said some African countries, including Congo, where the Ebola outbreak was still ongoing, were now using their experience in dealing with the Ebola virus to detect the new coronavirus. “This is a good example of the benefits that investing in health systems can bring to health security”.
“We still have an opportunity to prevent a broader global crisis” and WHO is currently working closely with some of the most vulnerable countries in the public health system to help countries prepare for the virus, Tandesser said.