WHO urges Middle East to act fast against coronavirus


Daijiworld Media Network (SD)

Abu Dhabi, Apr 3: The WHO (World Health Organization) warned the UAE governments to act fast in order to contain the spread of coronavirus sources from Al Jazeera revealed. The total number of cases have mounted to 60,000 which is almost double since last week.

Ahmed al-Mandhari, WHO director for the Eastern Mediterranean region stated that countries with weak health systems are most vulnerable and new cases are accelerating. This includes Pakistan and Afghanistan as well.

"Even in countries with stronger health systems, we have seen a worrying spike in the numbers of cases and deaths reported," al-Mandhari said in a statement.

In the Middle East, Iran has the highest number of cases which has recorded more than 50,000 cases. Yet, the other parts of the region have lesser numbers of cases as compared to Europe, the United States and Asia.

However, health officials fear that many cases are under-reported, especially in countries with a weak government.

Al-Mandhari said, "I cannot stress the urgency of the situation." pointing towards the increasing number of cases in community levels.

"We still have a window of opportunity, but this window is slowly closing day by day," he added.

The region has a total number of 58,168 cases against 32,442 in the last month. Globally 1,016,534 people have been affected by 53,179 deaths.

 

  

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