Together against COVID-19: WHO to send group of experts to Kazakhstan
Head of the World Health Organization Country Office in Kazakhstan Dr. Caroline Clarinval urged Kazakh residents to strictly observe the restrictive quarantine measures introduced in the country. She said that this, in turn, will facilitate the hard work of health workers who are at the frontlines in the fight against the novel coronavirus.
Clarinval also said that a group of experts of the WHO will be sent to Kazakhstan. They will visit local laboratories to investigate the pneumonia outbreak in the country. She noted that the cause of the rise in pneumonia cases in the country may be related to COVID-19. However, before making conclusions, data must be collected and then analyzed. Most of all, the WHO is worried about the behavior of the country's population. Experts believe that after the nationwide state of emergency ended, not all Kazakh residents continued to observe the social distancing and necessary precautions, especially in families.
"We see that the transmission of the virus occurs among relatives," Clarinval added.
Meanwhile, the WHO says that humanity needs to get used to living according to the new rules and the 'new normal'. WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that "there will be no return to the 'old normal' for the foreseeable future." However, the WHO is proposing a roadmap for combating COVID-19. It includes the introduction of measures focusing on reducing fatality rate and suppressing transmission of the virus, the observance by people of precautionary norms and strong government leadership to coordinate strategies in each country.
The WHO chief also systematized the spread of COVID-19 in each country of the world and named four scenarious of pandemic behavior. The first situation is countries that were alert and aware of the novel coronavirus outbreak. They could prepare and respond rapidly to the emergency and communicate effectively with their populations about the importance of restrictive measures that had to be taken. The second situation is countries in which there was a major outbreak of infections that was brought up under control through strict discipline in observing restrictive measures. The third situation is countries that overcame the first peak of the COVID-19 outbreak, but having eased quarantine restrictions, are now struggling with new outbreaks and accelerated cases of infection. The fourth situation is countries, which are still in the intense trasmission phase of their coronavirus epidemic.
"In some cities and regions where transmission is intense, severe restrictions have been reinstated to bring the outbreak under control. The WHO is committed to working with all countries and all people to suppress transmission, reduce mortality, support communities to protect themselves and others, and support strong government leadership and coordination," the WHO chief said.