This is a developing story and will be updated.
The coronavirus outbreak poses a ‘very grave threat for the rest of the world’, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) has said. Last Saturday cautioned against panic over COVID-19 but also urged governments to step up their efforts to prepare for the virus, saying “it’s impossible to predict which direction this epidemic will take.”
The fear is growing that the new respiratory virus, which has emerged in the Chinese city of Wuhan, in December 2019 may become a global pandemic. It has spread exponentially in China (China’s medical and ethical issues), although with severe measures that countries have reacted and the sanitary barriers that are being implemented internationally to avoid a pandemic it is not yet controlled.
So far has been reported – Today: Monday 02/17/2020
- 58.152 confirmed cases until 02 – 17 -2020 (read HERE)
- 1.696 deaths worldwide,
- Global infections more than 280 in 28 countries
- More than 2000 a day over day increase
Coronavirus epidemic review. “A global health emergency“:
Other countries are also reporting cases, not only travelers from China. A new strain of coronavirus (officially named 2019-nCoV), which has caused respiratory diseases in China, and spread to at least 28 other countries, has been declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) by the World Health Organization (WHO).
The following was published on the WHO official website:
“The Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, met President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing. They shared the latest information on the novel coronavirus 2019 (2019-nCoV) outbreak and reiterated their commitment to bring it under control.”
Dr. Tedros was joined by WHO Regional Director Dr. Takeshi Kasai and Executive Director of the WHO Health Emergencies Programme Dr. Mike Ryan, and also met State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs Wang Yi and Minister of Health Ma Xiaowei.
“This National Health Commission presented China’s strong public health capacities and resources to respond and manage respiratory disease outbreaks. The discussions focused on continued collaboration on containment measures in Wuhan, public health measures in other cities and provinces, conducting further studies on the severity and transmissibility of the virus, continuing to share data, and for China to share biological material with WHO. These measures will advance scientific understanding of the virus and contribute to the development of medical countermeasures” (Read more HERE).
The epidemy is not under control.
In this respect, Neil Ferguson, an infectious disease epidemiologist at Imperial College London, who is conducting a series of modeling studies on the Chinese outbreak, told UK newspaper The Guardian that, “Despite the enormous and admirable efforts in China and around the world, we need to plan for the possibility containment of this epidemic isn’t possible,” (read more HERE).
Coronavirus epidemic review last information:
The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed on Tuesday, as hundreds of health experts began meeting at its headquarters in Geneva to help halt the spread of the disease, now officially known as COVID-19 (WHO 02/12/2020).
Our Observatory hopes that Beijing continues to allow international help, particularly from the best western epidemiologists, in this sanitary emergency that could affect not only the Chinese population but even global public health.