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The epidemic of COVID-19 coronavirus infection spreading around the world can be contained and controlled, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, but only with a concerted response by all governments.The epidemic of COVID-19 coronavirus infection spreading around the world can be...

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“Appreciated the opportunity to speak with @SwedishPM Stefan Löfven about his whole-of-government approach to fighting #COVID19. We agreed that leaders must pursue comprehensive strategies (beyond the health sector) because the new #coronavirus threatens many parts of society.”

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Twitter: "Appreciated the opportunity to speak with @SwedishPM Stefan Löfven about his whole-of-government approach to fighting #COVID19. We agreed that leaders must pursue comprehensive strategies (beyond the health sector) because the new #coronavirus threatens many parts of society."

“Saddened by the passing of Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, former @UN Secretary-General, who played an important role in creating a safer world. I send my deepest condolences to his family, to UN colleagues & the people of #Peru, whose lives were touched the most by this great leader.”

Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Twitter: "Saddened by the passing of Javier Pérez de Cuéllar, former @UN Secretary-General, who played an important role in creating a safer world. I send my deepest condolences to his family, to UN colleagues & the people of #Peru, whose lives were touched the most by this great leader."

“From @WHO briefing -- "This is not a drill. This is not the time to give up. This is not a time for excuses. This is a time for pulling out all the stops. Countries have been planning for scenarios like this for decades. Now is the time to act on those plans" - @DrTedros”

Carl Quintanilla on Twitter: "From @WHO briefing -- "This is not a drill. This is not the time to give up. This is not a time for excuses. This is a time for pulling out all the stops. Countries have been planning for scenarios like this for decades. Now is the time to act on those plans" - @DrTedros"

“‘This is not a drill’: WHO calls on all nations to 'pull out all the stops' to fight coronavirus ⁦@DrTedros⁩ https://t.co/zhcetOL7fI”

Gabby Stern on Twitter: "‘This is not a drill’: WHO calls on all nations to 'pull out all the stops' to fight coronavirus ⁦@DrTedros⁩ https://t.co/zhcetOL7fI"

The World Health Organization announced this week that COVID-19 kills an average of 3.4 percent of patients, representing a significant increase over the previously estimated death rate of around 2 percent.

What the official COVID-19 mortality rate actually means

This epidemic is a threat for every country, rich and poor."This epidemic is a threat for every country, rich and poor."

'This is not a drill': WHO urges world to take virus more seriously - World - The Jakarta Post

The Director-General of the World Health Organization had a message for world leaders, but some thought President Trump needed to hear it most.Listen up, Donald.

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Official site of The Week Magazine, offering commentary and analysis of the day's breaking news and current events as well as arts, entertainment, people and gossip, and political cartoons. The number of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus approached 99,000 on Friday and the deaths attributed to the new virus topped 3,300 in at least 15 countries. The infection rate is slowing in the epicenter of the global outbreak, China's Hubei province, but the coronavirus is still spreading in the U.S. and elsewhere. "This is not a drill," Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, warned nations on Thursday. "This is not a time for excuses. This is a time for pulling out all the stops." In the U.S., at least 13 people have died from COVID-19, 12 of them in Washington State, and more than 230 people have tested positive for the virus. A cruise ship with 3,500 people is under quarantine off San Francisco, after one person died and at least four were infected and one died after the previous cruise. A military helicopter lowered test kits down to the Grand Princess by rope. And in New York City, the Department of Health says it is monitoring 2,733 people in home isolation, mostly under self-quarantine. Peter Weber

Global coronavirus infections near 100,000, deaths top 3,300

The number of confirmed cases of the COVID-19 coronavirus approached 99,000 on Friday and the deaths attributed to the new virus topped 3,300 in at least 15 countries. The infection rate is slowing in the epicenter of the global outbreak, China's Hubei province, but the coronavirus is still spreading in the U.S. and elsewhere. "This is not a drill," Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization, warned nations on Thursday. "This is not a time for excuses. This is a time for pulling out all the stops." In the U.S., at least 13 people have died from COVID-19, 12 of them in Washington State, and more than 230 people have tested positive for the virus. A cruise ship with 3,500 people is under quarantine off San Francisco, after one person died and at least four were infected and one died after the previous cruise. A military helicopter lowered test kits down to the Grand Princess by rope. And in New York City, the Department of Health says it is monitoring 2,733 people in home isolation, mostly under self-quarantine. Peter Weber

Global coronavirus infections near 100,000, deaths top 3,300

'This is not a drill,' WHO warns countries to take epidemic seriously - CGTN

GENEVA: The COVID-19 infection spreading around the world can be contained and controlled, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday ...GENEVA: The COVID-19 infection spreading around the world can be contained and controlled, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday ...

COVID-19 spread can be contained with concerted response: WHO - CNA

The Wuhan coronavirus sweeping the globe currently has a mortality rate higher than that of seasonal influenza – although many, many more people die of flu – but lower than that of two previous coronavirus outbreaks since the turn of the century.A health official in northern Italy, one of the regions of the world worst affected by the outbreak. (Photo by Stefano Guidi/Getty Images) (Note: Many experts question the validity of the 3.4 percent COVID-19 mortality rate, since that is based on known and confirmed cases only, and doesn’t take into account many cases not known or not reported. Tom Wingfield, senior clinical lecturer and honorary consultant physician at the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine, says, “the calculation relies on numbers of cases and deaths reported to organizations such as WHO.  Modelling studies have suggested that there are likely to be a significant proportion of cases and, to a lesser extent, deaths that go unreported.”) (CNSNews.com) – The Wuhan coronavirus sweeping the globe currently has a mortality rate higher than that of seasonal influenza – although many, many more people die of flu – but lower than that of two previous coronavirus outbreaks since the turn of the century. Of the 93,090 confirmed COVID-19 cases reported by the World Health Organization (WHO) as of Wednesday, 3,198 have resulted in death, providing a lethality rate right now of 3.4 percent. (Graph: CNSNews.com / Data: WHO) In contrast, the mortality rate for severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus (SARS) in 2002-2003 was ten percent, and the rate for the Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus (MERS) in 2013 was 37 percent. In total, 770 deaths from SARS, and 858 deaths from MERS were reported during those earlier outbreaks. The estimated mortality rate for seasonal flu is around 0.1 percent. Although that is significantly lower than for the three coronaviruses (SARS, MERS and the virus that causes COVID-19), as millions of people get flu each year, the death toll is far higher – between 290,000 and 650,000 deaths globally each year. Of the 3,198 COVID-19 deaths reported by the WHO as of Wednesday, 2, 984 occurred in China, where the outbreak emerged in the city of Wuhan late last year, and 215 in ten other countries. They are: Italy (80 deaths as per WHO), Iran (77), South Korea (32), Japan (6), the United States (6), France (4), Taiwan (1), Australia (1), the Philippines (1), and Thailand (1). The remaining six fatal cases originated on the Diamond Princess cruise ship berthed in Japan. Caution: The above figures are from the WHO and are updated once daily. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Wednesday was reporting nine deaths in the United States, and Vice President Mike Pence spoke of a tenth on Wednesday afternoon. Real-time data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University, whose sources include the WHO, CDC, and equivalent bodies in China and Europe, also give higher numbers than the WHO’s daily update. Even so, the JHU numbers at the time of writing – 95,416 cases, 3,285 deaths – still equate to a 3.4 percent mortality rate. Although the bulk of cases and deaths are in China, the pattern of spread has shifted noticeably.  For the past eight consecutive days, more new cases have been reported outside China than inside China. And the gap is widening: On Wednesday, China reported only 120 new cases while 2,103 new cases were reported in other countries. (Graph: CNSNews.com/Data: WHO) Now, for the past two days, more deaths also have been reported outside of China than inside: 31 in China compared to 38 outside of China on Tuesday, and 38 in China compared to 48 elsewhere on Wednesday. Speaking in Geneva this week, WHO Secretary-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus explained that while COVID-19 and flu both cause respiratory disease and spread the same way, via small droplets of fluid from the nose and mouth of a carrier, there are also important differences between the two. From data available so far, COVID-19 does not transmit as efficiently as influenza. With flu, people who are infected but not yet sick are major drivers of transmission, he said, whereas for COVID-19, evidence from China suggests that only one percent of infected people do not have symptoms, and in most cases symptoms developed within two days. However, COVID-19 causes more severe disease than seasonal flu, Tedros said. “While many people globally have built up immunity to seasonal flu strains, COVID-19 is a new virus to which no one has immunity. That means more people are susceptible to infection, and some will suffer severe disease.” “We have vaccines and therapeutics for seasonal flu, but at the moment there is no vaccine and no specific treatment for COVID-19,” he said. “However, clinical trials of therapeutics are now being done, and more than 20 vaccines are in development.” Finally, Tedros said, containment was impossible for seasonal flu, because the number of infections are just too great. “But it is possible for COVID-19. We don’t do contact tracing for seasonal flu – but countries should do it for COVID-19, because it will prevent infections and save lives. Containment is possible.”    

Mortality Rate Lower Than Past Coronavirus Outbreaks, Higher Than Seasonal Flu | CNSNews

A number of countries do not appear to be taking the threat seriously enough, with many relegating the handling of the crisis to their health ministries, said WHO.. Read more at straitstimes.com.Europe News -A number of countries do not appear to be taking the threat seriously enough, with many relegating the handling of the crisis to their health ministries, said WHO.. Read more at

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The epidemic of COVID-19 coronavirus infection spreading around the world from China can be contained and controlled, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, but only with a concerted response by all the world's governments. "We are calling on every country to act with speed, scaleThe epidemic of COVID-19 coronavirus infection spreading around the world from China can be contained and controlled, the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday, but only with a concerted response by all the world's governments. "We are calling on every country to act with speed, scale

COVID-19 epidemic can be pushed back with concerted approach -WHO

Italian doctors warn their peers of a high percentage of ICU patients among cases and urge them to prepare.Italian doctors warn their peers of a high percentage of ICU patients among cases and urge them to prepare.

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WHO calls on industry and governments to increase manufacturing by 40 percent to meet rising global demand The World Health Organization has warned that severe and mounting disruption to the global supply of personal protective equipment (PPE) – caused by rising demand, panic buying, hoarding, an

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