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Monday February 24, 2020

WHO warns of “potential global epidemic” as Covid-19 expands


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The World Health Organization (WHO) warned on Monday of a “potential global epidemic” after the spread of the Coronavirus outside China with new infections and deaths recorded in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. “The sudden increase in the number of infections in Italy, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Korea (South) is very precarious,” he said, stressing that world health does not consider the situation to have reached this stage yet.

On Monday, the World Health Organization urged its director, Tidros Adhanum Gebresos, to prepare for a “possible global pandemic”, as the registration of new injuries and deaths in Europe, the Middle East and Asia pushed for tougher efforts to contain Corona Virus The newbie.

The international committee stressed that it does not consider that the situation has reached this stage yet.

“The sudden increase in the number of injuries in Italy, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of (South) Korea is very precarious,” Tidros Adhanum Gebresos told reporters in Geneva.

The spread of the virus outside China accelerated during the past week, to show new foci in Iran, South Korea and Italy, as deaths were announced in each of these countries on Monday, while Afghanistan, Bahrain, Kuwait, Afghanistan, Iraq and Oman recorded their first infections.

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The authorities reinforced their efforts to contain the outbreak of the virus, sought to close their borders and issued orders to people to remain in their homes and prevent their travel. But experts have warned that the virus, formally called “Covid-19”, will likely spread as easily as the regular seasonal flu.

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And in IranMonday, the number of deaths from the virus rose to 12, the highest outside China.

For its part, South Korea has witnessed a rapid rise in the number of casualties since a group of injuries appeared among a religious community in the city of Daegu (south) last week. More than two hundred injuries and two additional deaths were recorded on Monday, raising the total number of injuries to more than 830.

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Mongolia announced the prevention of landing flights from South Korea, while Oman announced the suspension of all flights to and from Iran.

Concerns also increased in Europe, with an announcement Italia Of two new deaths on Monday, bringing the total to five. More than 200 people were injured as several Serie A soccer matches were postponed at the weekend.

The International Monetary Fund warned on Sunday that the virus posed a threat to the already “fragile” recovery of the global economy, while the White House indicated that closing companies and factories in China would affect the United States.

/ AFP

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