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Saúde / 24/10/2020

WHO reiterates call for anti-virus measures

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WHO reiterates call for anti-virus measures


As European countries experience a rapid increase in Covid-19 cases and impose some blocking measures, the World Health Organization emphasized that countries need to apply all tools to prevent increasing transmission in the community, with more than 37 millions of people worldwide infected.

Italy has imposed an outdoor mask mandate across the country with fines of up to 1,000 euros ($ 1,160) for offenders, and the Spanish government has declared a state of emergency in and around Madrid.

Mike Ryan, executive director of the WHO Health Emergencies Program, said that in many situations, new cases can be contained in the way that many countries have demonstrated since the beginning of the pandemic.

Countries should focus on closing transmission chains through tools such as case surveillance, case isolation and quarantining contacts, he emphasized.

Unlike China and some other East Asian countries and regions, contact tracking and isolation are often not applied strictly in many European countries. Surveillance measures are often questioned as a violation of privacy and civil rights.

Countries need to do everything possible to prevent transmission becoming excessive at the community level, said Ryan.

Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO's technical leader in combating Covid-19, also reiterated the importance of making use of all the necessary tools.

She acknowledged that it is difficult to find a balance between reopening society and suppressing broadcasting, but emphasized that it is important to engage and empower the public and allow people to take the necessary measures.

Globally, more than 37.2 million people were diagnosed with Covid-19 and more than 1.07 million died, according to a record maintained by Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, in the United States.

In India, the number of confirmed cases of the new coronavirus surpassed 7 million on Sunday, although the number of new cases has dropped in the past few weeks, even with health experts warning that the mask and the distance fatigue are taking hold.

The health ministry reported an additional 918 deaths, bringing the number to 108,334. However, some experts say the death toll in India may not be reliable due to poor health reporting and infrastructure and inadequate testing.

Indian health officials have warned of the potential for the virus to spread during the next religious festival season, marked by huge meetings in temples and commercial districts.

In Brazil, the number of deaths Covid-19 exceeded 150,000 on Saturday, but the rate of infections continues to decline.

Brazil, with a population of 212 million, is responsible for the majority of deaths in Latin America and the Caribbean, 150,198 deaths since March, and 5,082,637 infections, according to the Ministry of Health.

It is the second highest national mortality rate, after that of the USA, and the country has the third highest number of infections, after those of the USA and India.

The Chinese embassy in Brazil delivered on Friday the second batch of anti-epidemic supplies sent by the Chinese government.

Yang Wanming, China's ambassador to Brazil, said that the country will continue to support Brazil in overcoming the pandemic, providing material assistance, exchanging medical knowledge, intensifying collaboration on vaccines and, once the pandemic is overcome, collaborating with Brazil through bilateral mechanisms.

Iran made wearing a mask mandatory in public in Tehran on Saturday, with violations punishable by fines, as the country's total number of confirmed cases is expected to exceed 500,000.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in television comments that anyone caught outdoors without a mask in the capital would be fined 500,000 rials (about $ 12).

Those infected with the new coronavirus who do not quarantine or fail to inform friends and colleagues about their disease will be fined 2 million rials, he said.

Schools, mosques, shops, restaurants and other public institutions in Tehran closed for a week on October 3 in an effort to stem the spread of the virus. On Friday, the city governor extended the closure for a week.

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