Covid-19 ten times deadlier than swine flu: WHO Chief

Covid-19 ten times deadlier than swine flu: WHO Chief

Covid-19 ten times deadlier than swine flu: WHO Chief

In a bid to slow the spread, countries across the world have been forced to institute stringent measures including closing airports, land borders, enforcing lockdowns to control movement.

Geneva: World Health Organisation (WHO) on Monday (local time) warned that the COVID-19, which originated in China's Wuhan past year, is 10 times deadlier than the swine flu.

Tedros said World Health Organization is working with affected countries to form strategies for a gradual and safe easing of restrictions. Due to the infectious nature of this virus, Tedros stressed that control measures must be lifted slowly and with control. "It can not happen all at once", he said.

With these concerns facing countries, World Health Organization called on each government to assess its situation, while protecting all its citizens, especially the most vulnerable.

Scientists had learned that since the outbreak almost 110 days ago, the virus can spread more easily in crowded environments like nursing homes. While some countries have already endured several weeks of social and economic restrictions - and are now considering easing them - others are just beginning to consider whether and when to introduce such controls.

Pressed on the question of whether governors or the federal government would make the decision to re-open schools and closed businesses, the president said that he had ultimate authority.

He, however, warned the affected countries against lifting restrictions too quickly.

Countries that seek to lift restriction should check if the transmission is controlled; sufficient public health and health medical services are available, and outbreak risk in special settings like long-term care facilities are minimized, Tedros said.

Ghebreyesus emphasized that African countries must do what it takes now to stop the spread further terming their health systems in the continent as "fragile" and needing global support to boost them. Fifth, they must manage importation risks, and sixth, they should fully educate, engage and empower communities to adjust to the "new norm" of everyday life.

Earlier Monday, China reported more than 100 new cases, its highest daily tally since early March, but noted that all but 10 were imported.

Technical lead of the WHO health emergencies programme, Dr Maria van Kerkhove said the organisation was aware of some pets in households becoming infected. He said that as much as 10 per cent of health workers are infected in some countries.

He said: "We can only say what we know, and we can only act on what we know".

The message from the Republicans pointed to a Twitter message in which the World Health Organization noted that authorities in China found "no clear evidence" of the virus transmitting from human-to-human.

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