Sun. Apr 18th, 2021

MANILA — The World Health Organization (WHO) on Saturday said Mexico and San Marino are two new member-states that reported cases of the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19).

In a situation report on February 29, the WHO said Mexico reported two cases — both are imported cases — while San Marino reported one case, local transmission.

It added that there are 79,394 confirmed cases and 2,838 deaths in China while 6,009 confirmed cases and 86 deaths were recorded outside China.

“Since yesterday, Denmark, Estonia, Lithuania, Netherlands and Nigeria have all reported their first cases. All these cases have links to Italy. Twenty-four cases have been exported from Italy to 14 countries, and 97 cases have been exported from Iran to 11 countries,” the WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said in a press conference at the WHO headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland on Saturday.

The coronavirus cases were detected in central China in December last year and had spread to South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia, Vietnam, the Philippines, Cambodia, Thailand, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, US, Canada, Germany, France, Italy, United Kingdom, Russian Federation, Spain, Belgium, Finland, Sweden, Iran, United Arab Emirates and Egypt.

On February 27, the WHO published the rational use of personal protective equipment for Covid-19 which summarizes the organization’s recommendations for the appropriate use of personal protective equipment in health care and community settings, including the handling of cargo.

On Feb. 18, the WHO published a new protocol titled “Surface sampling of coronavirus disease 2019: A practical ‘how to’ protocol for health care and public health professionals”.

The WHO said the document determines viable virus presence and persistence on fomites in various locations where a Covid-19 patient is receiving care or isolated and to understand how fomites may play a role in the transmission of the virus.

The WHO advised that practice of frequent handwashing, avoiding unprotected contact with farm and wild animals, practice of proper cough etiquette, and avoiding close contact with people suffering from acute respiratory infections remain the best ways to reduce the risk of transmission of the virus.

The WHO has declared the Covid-19 outbreak an international health emergency. (PNA)

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