Coronavirus cases double in past six weeks, WHO warns
Coronavirus continues to accelerate. In the past six weeks, the total number of cases has roughly doubled to over 16 million, the World Health Organization Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told during a press briefing in Geneva. In some countries the virus is spreading very aggressively, while in others the number of new cases of infection is very low. New outbreaks appear in countries that seem to have coped with the epidemic.
“It’s very understandable that no country in the world that’s been through a lockdown wants to go back there, who wants to go back there, there are huge economic and other consequences. If you can understand the dynamics of transmission and be very precise in your disease understanding you can be very precise in your response. It’s like in surgery, if you think about people who have brain surgery, surgeons very often use microscopes so that they can actually work at a much finer level,” Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program Dr. Mike Ryan noted.
He said that the taken measures must be clear and consistent. If “the guidance changes every two days,” it is very difficult for the population and can cause a negative reaction. The WHO recommends taking concrete measures for a period of time in order to make sure they are working and to enable people to somehow adapt.
Mike Ryan condemned the actions of countries that want to hide the problem. It is much more dangerous if the authorities try to smooth out or embellish the situation. People would like their government to tell them the truth, honestly talk about the real situation and take measures to extinguish outbreaks, he said.
Furthermore, according to South China Morning Post, almost six million residents of a port city of Dalian will be tested due to the coronavirus outbreak at a seafood processing company. Chinese health officials plan to carry out the testing within four days, and two times in some regions. It has become known that asymptomatic carriers in Dalian spread the virus in seven cities of four provinces.
102 more people have caught coronavirus in China over the past 24 hours, including 34 without any symptoms. 86,780 COVID-19 cases have been registered in the country since the beginning of the epidemic. 4,656 people died.
European countries consider introducing new restrictions. Catalonian authorities are ready to go back under lockdown, if coronavirus outbreaks will not be controlled within ten days. Almost 8,000 cases have been confirmed there over the last two weeks.
German Health Ministry is concerned about the significant increase in the number of people infected with COVID-19 in the country in the past two weeks. In this regard, German Health Minister Jens Spahn declared that the country introduces a mandatory coronavirus testing of those who visited territories with unfavorable epidemiological situation.
COVID-19 cases exceeded 600 in Germany in the last day, bringing the total number of the infected to 207,112, the Robert Koch Institute reported.
Greek officials plan to impose the rule of wearing facemasks not only in supermarkets, but also in other premises. Greek government spokesman Stelios Petsas highlighted that people will soon wear masks in churches as well. It is necessary to wear masks in public transport here. Violators can face a fine of 150 euro.
Belgium also does not exclude the possibility that the country may introduce a second “full lockdown”. The country's National Security Council, urgently called on Monday, held a meeting. After six hours of debate, it decided to partially tighten measures against coronavirus. Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes said that the epidemiological data is alarming and the country's leadership is trying to keep the situation under control.
According to Johns Hopkins University, coronavirus cases in the world reached 16,495,309. 654,327 patients died. The United States still has the biggest number of 4,294,770 infected people.