Coronavirus cases stabilise, but outbreak could go any way

Elias Hubbard
February 14, 2020

Egypt's health ministry on Friday confirmed its first case of the novel coronavirus, making it the first in Africa.

"A research roadmap is also important for organisations that fund research to have a clear sense of what the public health priorities are, so they can make investments that deliver the biggest public health impact".

Meanwhile, Dr. Michael J. Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization, said in the same briefing that "one clinical trial is already on the way" in China in a bid to find a cure to the novel coronavirus, CNN reported Wednesday.

According to Tedros, the disease presents a very grave threat for the rest of the world, but the world is not defenseless even though there are no vaccines against COVID-19.

Tedros reiterated the need to use available resources to curb the virus while waiting for the vaccine.

"We've sent supplies to countries to diagnose and treat patients and protect health workers".

World Health Organization has engaged network of country representatives, as well as the United Nations resident coordinators in countries, to brief them on the outbreak and inform them about the steps they can take.

The new coronavirus infection has killed over 1,100 people and has sickened over 43,000, mostly in mainland China, but Tedros said "we have a realistic chance of stopping the #COVID19 outbreak". Most of the cases and most of the deaths are in Hubei province, Wuhan by 11 Feb 2020.

In the meantime, he tweeted, "there's a lot we can do to prevent transmission and prepare for any further spread".

The statement was released on Tuesday by the World Health Organisation.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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