The Latest: WHO official: Central, South America hard hit
LONDON— The emergencies chief of the World Health Organization said Central and South America are currently witnessing the most intense transmission of the coronavirus worldwide, but it’s difficult to predict when the epidemic might peak there.
In the last 24 hours, Dr. Michael Ryan said five of the 10 countries reporting the highest number of cases are in the Americas: the U.S., Brazil, Peru, Chile and Mexico. He said that while the growth of COVID-19 was not exponential in all those countries, officials were seeing a progressive increase in cases and that hospitals were starting to strain under the pressure. “We’re particularly concerned about places like Haiti because of the inherent weaknesses in the system,” Ryan said at a press briefing on Monday. “I think we now absolutely need to focus on supporting particularly Central and South America,” he said. He added that while officials previously had very serious concerns about COVID-19’s impact in South Asia and Africa, outbreaks in those regions, although difficult, were now stable. #who #worldhealthorganization #world #corona #coronavirus #Covid #covid #covid19 #covıd19 #covi ̇d19 #covid_19 #staysafe #stayhome #stayhomestaysafe #stayathome #stayhealthy #quarantine #socialdistancing #socialdistance
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#BREAKING : Ebola: Four dead after new outbreak in Congo
Four people have died from #Ebola in a new outbreak in the Democratic Republic of #Congo , the country’s health ministry confirmed on Monday.
It comes as Health Minister Eteni Longondo confirmed a new case of the deadly virus in the western province of #Equateur , over 1,000km (620 miles) away from the ongoing outbreak in the country's east.
The governor of the Equateur province, Bobo Boloko Bolumbu also confirmed the deaths on local radio, reported The Telegraph. He said: “The laboratory has given us the information that all the deaths analysed since the 18th of May are a consequence of the Ebola virus. However, for precision, the samples have been sent to the INRB for quality control. “I ask the population to be calm and continue to respect hygiene measures. Regularly wash your hands with soap. Don’t say greet with your hands. Don’t touch ill or dead people who had a fever or bleeding,” he added.
The new outbreak presents a fresh challenge to health authorities. In April, the World Health Organisation #WHO was just days away from declaring the second-largest Ebola epidemic on record had come to an end when a new cluster of infections was confirmed in the east.
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