Coronavirus real-time update: The World Health Organization warned on Saturday that the coronavirus pandemic could be “long” six months after the emergency committee holds an international meeting to assess the crisis. The WHO said in a statement that the committee “emphasized the expected duration of this COVID-19 pandemic” and warned that, given the socio-economic pressures of countries, there is a risk of “response fatigue”. This group is gathering on the fourth Friday after the coronavirus crisis, and half a year has passed since it declared a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC) on January 30, which is the highest warning level of the WHO. After the meeting, the organization said: “WHO continues to assess the global risk level of COVID-19 as very high.” According to statistics compiled by AFP, since the outbreak of avian influenza in China last December, the new coronavirus At least 680,000 people have been killed and at least 17.6 million people have been infected.
Here are the latest updates of the pandemic:
‣The emergency response team urges WHO to support countries in preparing for the promotion of proven treatment methods and vaccines. The committee also urged the agency to speed up research on the remaining “key unknowns” of the virus, such as the animal source of the disease and potential animal banks. It called for a better understanding of the epidemiology and severity of COVID-19, including its long-term health effects. The committee hopes to learn more about the dynamics of this virus, such as “transmission mode, shedding, potential mutations, immunity and protection relevance”.
‣As the pandemic worsened, the worst-hit America counted 61,262 new coronavirus cases in the 24 hours as of Saturday. This is the fifth consecutive day that more than 60,000 infections have been recorded. Within 24 hours, 1,051 people died. The United States has now recorded more than 4.6 million cases and 154,319 deaths, making it the worst-hit country in the world. As Florida prepared for the arrival of tropical storm Isaias, new numbers emerged. As Tropical Storm Isaias approaches the southeast of the virus-hit state, it is expected to intensify into a hurricane again. Among the U.S. states, only California has registered more coronavirus cases, and the population of California is almost double the approximately 21 million people in Florida.
The Ministry of Health announced on Saturday that South Africa has now registered more than 500,000 coronavirus cases, making it the worst-hit country in Africa so far. The country has become the center of a deadly pandemic on the continent, accounting for more than half of confirmed infections in Africa. Heath Minister Zweli Mkhize said in a daily update: “Today, South Africa has passed the 500,000 mark, and a total of 503,290 confirmed COVID-19 cases have been recorded.” More than one-third of the The positive case occurred in Gauteng-the financial center of South Africa. So far, the death toll is 8,153, although the total number of natural deaths by local researchers has jumped by nearly 60% in recent weeks, indicating that the number of deaths related to the coronavirus is much higher than the official death toll.
Officials said on Saturday that on a cruise ship in Norway, 36 crew members tested positive for the new coronavirus. The crew of MS Roald Amundsen arrived from Svalbard from the port of Tromso in northern Norway and was quarantined on board the ship on Friday because four crew members tested positive for the virus and were admitted to hospital. Pal Jacobsen, a media official in Tromso, told AFP that 36 of the 158 crew members on board were infected. The ship’s company, Hurtigruten, had previously indicated 33 positive tests. Except for three people from France, Norway and Germany, all the infected crew members were Filipinos. The company said on Friday, “Due to symptoms of other illnesses, four crew members were quarantined a few days ago with no symptoms of COVID-19.