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World Well being Group holds press convention on the coronavirus outbreak

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World Well being Group officers are holding a press convention Tuesday to replace the general public on the coronavirus pandemic, which has now contaminated greater than 11.6 million folks throughout the globe, based on information compiled by Johns Hopkins College.

On Saturday, WHO launched a state of affairs report, which confirmed that the variety of new Covid-19 instances worldwide reached a file excessive of 212,326 instances within the final 24 hours.

The most important improve reported Saturday occurred in North and South America, which noticed 129,772 new instances within the final 24 hours, bringing the entire within the area to almost 5.6 million.

Brazil had the worst outbreak within the Americas with almost 1.5 million confirmed instances to this point, 48,105 of which have been reported within the final 24 hours, based on WHO.

India additionally noticed a big bump in new instances, with 22,771 new confirmed instances, for a complete 648,315 instances within the nation to this point. A minimum of 18,655 folks have died in India with 442 of these fatalities reported within the final 24 hours.

“Some nations who’ve had success in suppressing transmission who’re opening up now may have a setback, may should implement interventions once more, may should implement these so-called lockdowns once more,” stated Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, head of the WHO’s rising ailments unit, at a information briefing final Wednesday in Geneva.

Amid the continuing surge in coronavirus instances, well being specialists are talking out concerning the function of the airborne unfold of Covid-19. A gaggle of 239 scientists from 32 completely different nations printed an open letter to the WHO and different well being businesses this week, calling for them to replace their data on the coronavirus.

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In an article entitled “It’s Time to Handle Airborne Transmission of COVID-19,” scientists wrote that the WHO has not given sufficient weight to the function of the airborne unfold of the virus.

“There’s important potential for inhalation publicity to viruses in microscopic respiratory droplets [microdroplets] at brief to medium distances [up to several meters, or room scale], and we’re advocating for the usage of preventive measures to mitigate this route of airborne transmission,” they wrote.

The group’s present steering states that the coronavirus is transmitted primarily between folks by way of these respiratory droplets and phone. Nevertheless, the group of specialists outlined proof that smaller particles, which may journey a lot larger distances, may also infect folks.

— CNBC’s
Megan Graham
and
Sam Meredith
contributed to this report.

Learn CNBC’s stay updates to see the newest information on the COVID-19 outbreak.

Yuuma Nakamura

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