The World Health Organization (WHO) says as of Saturday 7th, March, 2020, the global number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 surpassed 100 000.
The WHO reminds all countries and communities that the spread of this virus can be significantly slowed or even reversed through the implementation of robust containment and control activities.
The WHO says China and other countries are demonstrating that spread of the virus can be slowed and impact reduced through the use of universally applicable actions, such as working across society to identify people who are sick, bringing them to care, following up on contacts, preparing hospitals and clinics to manage a surge in patients, and training health workers.
The WHO calls on all countries to continue efforts that have been effective in limiting the number of cases and slowing the spread of the virus, adding that every effort to contain the virus and slow the spread saves lives will give health systems and all of society much needed time to prepare, and researchers more time to identify effective treatments and develop vaccines.
The WHO warns that allowing uncontrolled spread should not be a choice of any government, as it will harm not only the citizens of that country but affect other countries as well.
“We must stop, contain, control, delay and reduce the impact of this virus at every opportunity. Every person has the capacity to contribute, to protect themselves, to protect others, whether in the home, the community, the healthcare system, the workplace or the transport system.
“Leaders at all levels and in all walks of life must step forward to bring about this commitment across society.”