RUSTENBURG – China has reported its lowest Coronavirus cases, as the death toll outside China rises, the World Health Organisation (WHO) said on Friday.
“In the past 24 hours, China reported 329 cases – the lowest in more than a month.
“As of 6am Geneva time this morning, China has reported a total of 78,959 cases of COVID-19 to WHO, including 2,791 deaths. Outside China, there are now 4,351 cases in 49 countries, and 67 deaths,” Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said.
“Since yesterday [Thursday], 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.”
He said the continued increase in the number of cases, and the number of affected countries over the last few days, were clearly of concern.
“Our epidemiologists have been monitoring these developments continuously, and we have now increased our assessment of the risk of spread and the risk of impact of Covid-19 to very high at a global level.
“What we see at the moment are linked epidemics of Covid-19 in several countries, but most cases can still be traced to known contacts or clusters of cases. We do not see evidence as yet that the virus is spreading freely in communities.”
He said was also progressing on vaccines and therapeutics.
“More than 20 vaccines are in development globally, and several therapeutics are in clinical trials. We expect the first results in a few weeks.
“But we don’t need to wait for vaccines and therapeutics. There are things every individual can do to protect themselves and others today.”