The Director-General of the World Health Organization, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, as said the key to containing Coronavirus is to break the chains of transmission.
The WHO D.G also revealed that 24 cases of coronavirus have been exported from Italy to 14 Countries and about 97 cases exported from Iran to 11 Countries.
In his opening remarks at the media briefing on COVID-19 on Friday, February 28, 2020, Dr Ghebreyesus, stated that in the past 24 hours, China has reported 329 cases, the lowest in more than a month.
The WHO D.G who on Friday reeled out figures regarding the spread of the virus said, as of 6:00a.m Geneva time on Friday, China reported a total of 78,959 cases of COVID-19 to WHO, including 2791 deaths.
He noted that outside China, there are now 4351 cases in 49 Countries and 67 deaths; adding that since Thursday, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Netherlands, and Nigeria have all reported their first cases.
Dr Ghebreyesus told Newsmen on Friday that all those cases have links to Italy.
The Director-General also said the continued increase in the number of cases, and the number of affected Countries over the last few days, are clearly of concern.
He, however, noted that WHO’s epidemiologists have been monitoring these issues continuously, and have now increased its assessment of the risk of spread and the risk of the impact of COVID-19 to very high at a global level.
“What we see at the moment are linked epidemics of COVID-19 in several countries, but most cases can still be traced to known contacts or clusters of cases. We do not see evidence as yet that the virus is spreading freely in communities. As long as that’s the case, we still have a chance of containing this virus, if robust action is taken to detect cases early, isolate and care for patients and trace contacts. As I said yesterday, there are different scenarios in different countries and different scenarios within the same country,” Mr Ghebreyesus said while briefing the media.