COVID-19.- Not a pandemic but there’s a potential risk, if the needed measures are not taken

South Korea, Italy and Iran are the countries where the contagion increased most quickly in the latest 24 hours

Eva González Geneva( Switzerland), 25 February, 2020

Updated at 15:00 pm

“The sudden increases of cases in Italy, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Korea are deeply concerning”…”For the moment, we are not witnessing the uncontained global spread of this virus, and we are not witnessing large-scale severe disease or death.
Does this virus have pandemic potential? Absolutely, it has. Are we there yet? From our assessment, not yet,” this is what Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Director General of the World Health Organization) literally said today at a press conference.

In Eastwind we want to flee from any kind of sensationalism in the matter of COVID-19 that is why we literally reproduce the declarations of the WHO Director General and provide most accurate data provided by the WHO.

Sudden increases of cases in Italy, Iran and Korea, deeply concerning

“Outside China, there are now 2074 cases in 28 countries, and 23 deaths.
The sudden increases of cases in Italy, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Korea are deeply concerning.

There’s a lot of speculation about whether these increases mean that this epidemic has now become a pandemic.”…”how should we describe the current situation?
What we see are epidemics in different parts of the world, affecting countries in different ways and requiring a tailored response,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom added.

Worldwide spread of COVID-19 as of 10 am on 24th February. © WHO. To enlarge the photo, just click on the image.

In the last 24 hours Italy confirmed 48 new cases, 3 of them infected in China and 10 within Italy with a total of 2 dead and 124 suffering under the COVID-19.

South Korea added 161 new confirmed cases to a total of 763. Of the new cases 129 have been infected within the country. South Korea totals 7 dead of which 2 have died due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. The total number of patients registered with COVID-19 in the country amounts to 763 of which 13 were infected in China 605 within Korea and 4 in other countries.

Iran reported in the last 24 hours 15 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 out of a total of 43 and 3 new deaths that add up to a total of 8 deaths. 28 of the patients have been infected within Iran and in 15 cases the place of infection is still to be confirmed.

Here the numbers published by the WHO on Iran, but there are supects that the number both of contagiated and dead people are far higher (at least 100 infected and around 50 dead).

COVID-19 outbreak figures of new contagions, in latest 24 hours (left) and cumulative (right). © WHO. To enlarge the photo, just click on the graphics.

On 24th February Kuwait added to the list of countries that have reported cases of COVID-19. Kuwait informed of 3 cases in the past 24 hours, all of them still alife.

Continued decline in cases in China, encouraging

“In the past 24 hours, China has reported 416 new confirmed cases, and 150 deaths.
We’re encouraged by the continued decline in cases in China, ” underscored and further informed: “Earlier today the WHO-China joint mission concluded its visit and delivered its report.
As you know, the team has traveled to several different provinces, including Wuhan”…”They found that the epidemic peaked and plateaued between the 23rd of January and the 2nd of February, and has been declining steadily since then.”…”They found that the fatality rate is between 2% and 4% in Wuhan, and 0.7% outside Wuhan.”

© WHO. To enlarge the image, just click on the photo.

He also provided further details on the WHO mission group to China: “The team has made a range of findings about the transmissibility of the virus, the severity of disease and the impact of the measures taken.
They have found that there has been no significant change in the DNA of the virus.
They found that for people with mild disease, recovery time is about two weeks, while people with severe or critical disease recover within three to six weeks.
The team also estimate that the measures taken in China have averted a significant number of cases.”

“The report contains a wealth of other information, highlights questions for which we still don’t have answers, and includes 22 recommendations,” he added.

Tailored approach with at least three priorities

“This is a time for all countries, communities, families and individuals to focus on preparing…We must focus on containment, while doing everything we can to prepare for a potential pandemic.

There is no one-size-fits-all approach. Every country must make its own risk assessment for its own context….But there are” underscored WHO Director General, ” at least three priorities:

Ethiopia takes meassures to avoid COVID-19 outbreak in the country.- Home to one of Africa’s busiest international airline hubs, Ethiopia is bolstering preparedness to contain a potential outbreak of coronavirus disease, now known as COVID-19. Since January, there have been numerous alerts for coronavirus disease reported in Ethiopia but after investigation, including the testing of suspect cases, no case has been confirmed in the country. More than 1,800 passengers with travel history to China have been screened. The country’s main international airport in the capital Addis Ababa is the third busiest in Africa. Ethiopia has four international airports and 21 land border crossing points. Image © WHO

a) First, all countries must prioritize protecting health workers.

b) Second, we must engage communities to protect people who are most at risk of severe disease, particularly the elderly and people with underlying health conditions.

c) And third, we must protect countries that are the most vulnerable, by doing our utmost to contain epidemics in countries with the capacity to do it.”

Image over the headline.- Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (Director General of the World Health Organization).© WHO

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