Despite improvements in Asia, the organization warns that the epidemic is far from over.
“This will be a long-term battle, and we must not let our guard down. We need each country to continue to act according to its situation,” said WHO regional director Takeshi Kasai. China on Tuesday reported one death and 48 new infections, none of which are linked to domestic transmission of the virus, while South Korea recorded 125 new cases.
According to Kasai and, no indication, rising temperatures will slow the spread of the virus, as some had hoped. It is not yet possible to determine how long the pandemic will last.
The WHO fears that new spikes in the number of cases are most likely in the poorest countries. The first cases of coronavirus infection in Laos and Myanmar were recorded only last week, and experts believe that many cases were missed due to insufficient testing.
Experts insist that governments need to take active measures and keep up the pressure to contain the spread of the virus. These measures include testing, isolation, contact tracing, and quarantine.
Michael Ryan, Executive Director of the WHO health emergency program, hopes that the situation in the most affected countries, such as Italy and Spain, will soon begin to stabilize.
Ryan also notes the lack of protective masks for health workers and emphasizes that the WHO does not recommend that healthy populations wear masks.
In the United States, the epicenter of the epidemic was New York, where more than 900 deaths were recorded. New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo issued an appeal for help to the entire country, asking health workers from regions where the situation is not so acute to come to New York.
California Governor Gavin Newsom called on retired doctors and medical students to join the fight against the epidemic. On Monday, he said that over the past four days, the number of patients hospitalized with the coronavirus has almost tripled.
As of Tuesday morning, the total number of cases of infection in the United States exceeded 164,000, and the number of deaths – 3,100.
The African centers for disease control and prevention on Tuesday reported that more than 5,000 cases have been reported on the continent, a quarter of which are in South Africa.
Several countries on Tuesday introduced new restrictive measures: for example, Indonesia banned the entry of all foreign citizens, and Japan recommended that its citizens do not travel to countries with an acute epidemiological situation, including the United States, China, and South Korea. Vietnam plans Wednesday to declare a quarantine on the entire country.