Geneva - With the report of new cases of coronavirus in several nations, the World Health Organization (WHO) reiterated today the warning that the virus can become a pandemic and the urgency to stop it.
Faced with the most recent infections around the world, now exceeding those of mainland China, the WHO director general, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said that even rich nations should prepare for surprises.
The senior official of the international organization warned that the outbreak of COVID-19 is at a decisive moment in which it becomes bigger and in which no nation should commit the fatal mistake of assuming that it will get rid of the disease, so it asked Act promptly.
Although the outbreak meets the definition of a pandemic, a widespread contagion in a large region, WHO has so far not used that term, but insists that it has a full pandemic potential.
WHO spokesman Christian Lindmeier reported that five more countries reported their first case of COVID-19, Nigeria, Estonia, Denmark, the Netherlands and Lithuania.
According to the most current figures, China adds 82 thousand 594 cases since the virus was detected at the end of December in Wuhan, Hubei Province, with about 10 percent classified as serious, and two thousand 810 dead, but maintaining a trend downward in both indicators, shows a gradual improvement of the crisis.
In total, 49 countries outside the Asian giant reported 4,351 cases and 67 associated deaths.
The most recent figures published by the WHO show that broadcasts in China have declined after an aggressive containment campaign, but increased in the rest of the world.
Meanwhile, several nations have not reported cases for more than two weeks, including Belgium, Cambodia, India, Russia and Vietnam.
For WHO, Covid-19 is not the flu, in reference to the fact that it can be definitively defeated if all the necessary plans to fight the epidemic are put in place.
Given the international scenario, the entity called on all countries to be ready to detect cases in time, isolate patients, track contacts, provide quality clinical care, prevent outbreaks in hospitals and prevent transmission.
As part of his help, he has sent test equipment to 57 countries and personal protection to 85. In addition to training more than 80 thousand health workers through online courses in several languages, and published operational guidelines, with concrete measures in eight key areas to prevent, detect and manage cases.
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