Watch live: World Health Organization gives coronavirus update

Watch live: World Health Organization gives coronavirus update


TAKING URGENT AND AGGRESSIVE ACTION. WE HAVE RUNG THE ALARM BELL LOUD AND CLEAR. AS I SAID ON MONDAY, LOOKING AT THE NUMBER OF CASES AND THE NUMBER OF COUNTRIES AFFECTED, IT DOES NOT TELL THE FULL STORY. THERE ARE 118 CASES REPORTED GLOBALLY IN 114 COUNTRIES AND MORE THAN 90% OF CASES ARE IN JUST FOUR COUNTRIES AND TWO OF THOSE ARE CHINA AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA, AND THEY HAVE SIGNIFICANTLY DECLINED. 81 COUNTRIES HAVE NOT REPORTED AND 57 COUNTRIES HAVE REPORTED 10 CASES OR LESS. WE CANNOT SAY THIS LOUDLY ENOUGH OR CLEARLY ENOUGH OR OFTEN ENOUGH. ALL COUNTRIES CAN STILL CHANGE THE COURSE OF THIS PANDEMIC. IF COUNTRIES DETECT, ACT, TREAT, ISOLATE, TRACE AND MOBILIZE PEOPLE IN THEIR RESPONSE, THOSE WITH A HANDFUL OF CASES CAN PREVENT THEM FROM BECOMING CLUSTERS IN THOSE CLUSTERS FROM BECOMING COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION. EVEN THOSE COUNTRIES WITH COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION OR LARGER CLUSTERS CAN TURN THE TIDE ON THIS VIRUS. SEVERAL COUNTRIES HAVE DEMONSTRATED THAT THIS VIRUS CAN BE CONTROLLED. THE CHALLENGE FOR MANY COUNTRIES WHO ARE NOW DEALING WITH LARGE CLUSTERS OR COMMUNITY TRANSMISSION IS THAT THEY CAN DO THE SAME. IT IS WHETHER THEY WILL DO THE SAME PERIODS COUNTRIES STRUGGLE WITH A LACK OF CAPACITY IN SOME COUNTRIES STRUGGLE WITH A LACK OF RESOURCES AND SOME COUNTRIES ARE STRUGGLING WITH A LACK OF RESOLVE. WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE MEASURES BEING TAKEN IN IRAN AND THE REPUBLIC OF KOREA TO SLOW THE VIRUS AND CONTROL THE EPIDEMIC. WE KNOW THAT THESE MEASURES ARE TAKING A HEAVY TOLL ON SOCIETIES AND ECONOMIES, JUST AS THEY DID IN CHINA. ALL COUNTRIES MUST STRIKE A FINE BALANCE BETWEEN PROTECTING HEALTH AND MINIMIZING ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL DISRUPTION AND RESPECTING HUMAN RIGHTS. W.H.O.’S MANDATE IS PUBLIC HEALTH, BUT WE ARE WORKING ACROSS ALL ACTORS TO MITIGATE THE SOCIAL AND ECONOMIC CONSEQUENCES OF THIS PANDEMIC. THIS IS NOT JUST A PUBLIC HEALTH CRISIS. IT’S A CRISIS THAT WILL TOUCH EVERY SECTOR. EVERY SECTOR AND EVERY INDIVIDUAL MUST BE INVOLVED IN THE FIGHT. I’VE SAID FROM THE BEGINNING THAT COUNTRIES MUST TAKE ALL OF GOVERNMENT AND TAKE THE WHOLE SOCIETY APPROACH BUILT AROUND A COMPREHENSIVE STRATEGY TO SAVE LIVES AND MINIMIZE IMPACT. LET ME SUMMARIZE IN FOUR KEY AREAS. FIRST, TO BE READY. SECOND, DETECT, PROTECT AND TREAT. THIRD, REDUCE TRANSMISSION AND FORTH, INNOVATE AND LEARN. ALL COUNTRIES ARE REMINDED THAT WE CALL ON YOU TO ACTIVATE AND SCALE UP YOUR EMERGENCY RESPONSE . COMMUNICATE WITH YOUR PEOPLE ABOUT THE RISK AND HOW THEY CAN PROTECT THEMSELVES. THIS IS EVERYBODY’S BUSINESS. FIND, TEST AND TREAT EVERY CASE AND TRACE EVERY CONTACT. YOUR HEALTH WORKERS ARE TO BE TRAINED AND LET’S ALL LOOK OUT FOR EACH OTHER BECAUSE WE NEED EACH OTHER. THERE HAS BEEN SO MUCH ATTENTION ON ONE WORD. YOU KNOW THAT. LET ME GIVE YOU SOME OTHER WORDS THAT MATTER MUCH MORE AND THAT ARE MUCH MORE OPTIMUM. THESE ARE, PREVENTION, PREPAREDNESS, PUBLIC HEALTH, POLITICAL LEADERSHIP AND MOST OF ALL, PEOPLE. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER TO DO THE RIGHT THINGS WITH CALM. WE ARE IN THIS TOGETHER TO DO THE RIGHT THINGS TO PROTECT THE CITIZENS OF THE WORLD. I THANK YOU. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH, DIRECTOR GENERAL. WE HAVE JOURNALISTS JOINING US BY DIALING IN. FOR THOSE WATCHING US RESUME, THOSE JOINING US, CLICK ON THE RAISED HANDS AND I’VE ASKED JOURNALISTS TO ONLY ASK ONE QUESTION SO WE CAN GET AS MANY AS POSSIBLE. WE WILL START HERE IN THE ROOM. COME DOWN AND USE THE MICROPHONE, PLEASE. [ SPEAKING FOREIGN LANGUAGE ]>>THE QUESTION IS, AT THIS STAGE OF THE EPIDEMIC, WHAT IS YOUR RECOMMENDATION WHEN IT COMES TO CLOSING INSTITUTIONS SUCH AS SCHOOLS AND WHAT ABOUT CLOSING THE BORDERS AND AIRPORTS IN THE SITUATIONS IN IRAN? >>WITH LOCKDOWNS OR SHUTDOWNS IN PARTS OF THE COUNTRY, IT’S ENTIRELY BASED ON THE COUNTRY’S OWN RISK ASSESSMENTS AND IT’S A MIX OF MEASURES. FOR EXAMPLE, IN SOME SITUATIONS, SCHOOLS HAVE BEEN CLOSED, LIKE IN CHINA. IN BRITAIN, SCHOOLS WEREN’T CLOSED. GOVERNMENTS MAKE DECISIONS ON RISK AND THE LIKELY IMPACT OF THE MEASURE AND THE ACCEPTABILITY OF THE MEASURE AND THE LENGTH OF TIME IT IS IN PLACE. CERTAINLY, REDUCING OR INCREASING SOCIAL DISTANCE CAN CERTAINLY SLOW DOWN THE SPREAD OF DISEASE BUT IT’S A POOR SUBSTITUTE IN COUNTRIES WITH LOWER NUMBERS OF CASES WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING NOT HAVING THE SAME OR IMMEDIATE IMPACT AS CONTACT TRACING, ISOLATION AND QUARANTINE OF CONTACTS. THAT MEANS YOU ARE CHASING THE VIRUS. WHEN PEOPLE MOVE TOWARD A BROAD- BASED SOCIAL DISTANCING MEASURE, IT EFFECTIVELY ACCEPTS THAT IT’S NO LONGER VISIBLE AND WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IS SEPARATE EVERYBODY BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW WHO IS INFECTED. IT’S A MUCH MORE COST-EFFECTIVE MEASURE AT THE BEGINNING TO IDENTIFY THOSE AFFECTED OR POTENTIALLY AFFECTED AND ISOLATE THEM FROM THE COMMUNITY. WHEN YOU LOSE TRACK OF THE OUTBREAK, YOU HAVE TO CREATE SOCIAL DISTANCE BETWEEN EVERYBODY BECAUSE YOU DON’T KNOW WHO IS AFFECTED. IT’S A POOR SUBSTITUTE FOR AGGRESSIVE PUBLIC ACTION AT THE BEGINNING BUT MAY BE THE ONLY OPTION. SO, IT DEPENDS ON THE STAGE OF THE EPIDEMIC AND DEPENDS ON SOCIAL ACCEPTABILITY. THERE’S NO POINT IN REALITY AND GOVERNMENTS IMPLEMENTING MEASURES THAT ARE ENTIRELY UNACCEPTABLE WITHIN THE LOCAL CONTEXT. IT CREATES TENSION AND PROBLEMS. AGAIN, WITHOUT OVERDOING IT, WE WOULD NOT OFFER ADVICE TO COUNTRIES FOR THE SITUATION WHEN WE DON’T HAVE A SPECIFIC RULE REGARDING SOCIAL DISTANCING OR SCHOOL CLOSURES, ETC.. IN IRAN, OUR TEAM IS ON THE GROUND AND WE HAVE BEEN INTRODUCING A TEAM ON THE GROUND WITH IRANIAN AUTHORITIES AND CLEARLY, THE SITUATION IS VERY SERIOUS WITH A HIGH NUMBER OF DEATHS AND A HIGH NUMBER OF SICK PEOPLE. WHILE THE NUMBER OF CASES AND SURVEILLANCE HAS INCREASED, WE WOULD LIKE TO SEE THAT INCREASE EVEN FURTHER AND WE LIKE TO SEE MORE SUPPORT FOR CLINICAL CARE OF SICK PEOPLE WITHIN IRAN AND CERTAINLY BEFORE THE SUPPORT OF THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITY. >>WE INFORMED YOU THAT THERE WILL BE MORE FROM THE REGIONAL OFFICE TOMORROW AND NOW, WE WILL SEND DETAILS ON THAT. THE NEXT QUESTION? >>ONE QUESTION. WHAT IS THE DECISION-MAKING MECHANISM CONCERNING THE PANDEMIC? ARE THE MEMBER STATES INVOLVED IN THE PROCEDURE? >>THERE IS NO FORMAL PROCESS AND PANDEMICS ARE NOT DECLARED, IT’S NOT LIKE A PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY IN WHICH THERE IS A BODY OF INTERNATIONAL LAW WHERE W.H.O. ENGAGES THROUGH THE COMMITTEE WITH THE FOCAL POINTS IN MAKING THAT DECISION. THIS IS A CHARACTERIZATION OR DESCRIPTION. IT’S NOT A CHANGE IN WHAT WE DO, NOT A TRIGGER FOR ANYTHING THAN MORE AGGRESSIVE ACTION. THE SECOND IS IT’S TAKEN VERY SERIOUSLY. THE NEXT CONSULTATION WITH REGIONAL DIRECTORS, AND IT LIKELY WILL BENEFIT TO GALVANIZE THE WORLD TO FIGHT BUT ALSO, AS OUTLINED, IF PEOPLE USE IT AS AN EXCUSE OR SEE IT AS SOMETHING THAT GROWS FEAR, THERE IS A LOT OF INTERNAL CONSIDERATION AND THE DIRECTOR GENERAL HAS LISTENED TO PEOPLE FROM ACROSS AND THROUGHOUT AND DEEP INTO THE ORGANIZATION WITH A CORPORATE DECISION THAT WAS MADE BY THE SENIORS ON THIS HOUSE AND IT HAS COME TO A DETERMINATION BASED ON A BROAD- BASED BOARD OF EXPERT ADVICE, AND NO MATHEMATICAL FORMULA OR ALGORITHM. THIS IS A CHARACTERIZATION OF THE CURRENT DESCRIPION AROUND THE WORLD. IT’S A CON NOT TO GIVE UP. >>CAN I ADD WHAT I THINK IS MORE IMPORTANT IS HOW WE ARE WORKING WITH ALL OF OUR MEMBER STATES, WORKING ACROSS ALL OF THE COUNTRIES, THE AFFECTED COUNTRIES AND NOT ABOUT ASSESSING THE SITUATION OVER TIME FROM DAY ONE. WE’VE BEEN SITTING HERE TELLING YOU THERE ARE MANY CHARACTERISTICS REALLY IMPORTANT FOR US TO BETTER UNDERSTAND, RELATING TO TRANSMISSION AND HOW THIS IS CIRCULATING AND THE EXTENT OF INFECTION AND WHO IS MOST AT RISK FOR INFECTION. WITH REGARDS TO SEVERITY, WHO IS DYING FROM THIS DISEASE AND HOW ARE PEOPLE DYING AND WHAT CAN WE DO TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM DYING? THIRDLY, THE IMPACT. FROM DAY ONE, WE’VE BEEN GATHERING EVIDENCE AND LEARNING FROM EACH OTHER, LEARNING FROM THE EXPERIENCE AND HOW THEY HANDLED THE SITUATION AND LEARNING FROM WHAT KOREA IS DOING AND JAPAN AND SINGAPORE AND ON AND ON. EVERY DAY, WE HAVE THESE ASSESSMENTS AND WE ARE LOOKING AT THE EVIDENCE AND THAT IS REALLY CRITICAL. OUR GUIDANCE, OUR RECOMMENDATIONS, EARLY ON, THE FIRST GUIDANCE WAS PUBLISHED, I BELIEVE, ON THE TENTH OF JANUARY. WE WERE SEEING THE EVIDENCE AND WHAT WE EXPECTED TO HAPPEN AND WE WERE CONSTANTLY REVISING THAT. IT HASN’T CHANGED WHAT WE RECOMMENDED TO ALL GOVERNMENTS AND ALL PEOPLE. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH AND ONE MORE QUESTION FROM HERE. LET’S START WITH THIS. >>ACTUALLY, YOU SAID YOU ARE GRATEFUL ABOUT THE MEASURES THAT IRAN MADE TO COUNTER THE VIRUS. WOULD YOU TELL US MORE ABOUT THE TEAM THAT CAME BACK FROM IRAN AND WHAT IS NEEDED INSIDE IRAN? WE ARE HEARING THEY NEED MEDICAL SUPPLIES AND EQUIPMENTS BECAUSE OF THE SANCTIONS. >>THE DG SPOKE TO THIS AND THE FACT THAT THERE WAS NATIONAL LEADERSHIP AND BUY-IN AND COORDINATION BETWEEN THE NATIONAL LEADERSHIP WITH A COHERENT STRATEGY AND IT WAS LAUNCHED AS A SINGLE PLAN WITH PEOPLE GATHERING AROUND THAT AS A SINGLE STRATEGY. SURVEILLANCE, IN TERMS OF THE CASE DETECTION, IT’S THE AMOUNT OF TESTING AND TO SUPPORT THAT WE ARE WORKING IN CONJUNCTION WITH THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT. CHINA BROUGHT IN 20,000 TESTS AND WE BROUGHT IN 100,000 TESTS INTO IRAN, NEARLY TWO WEEKS AGO. THE DAYS BLEND INTO ONE ANOTHER, AT THIS POINT. WE MADE IT CLEAR THAT THE SUPPLIES ARE VERY, VERY SHORT, AND STRUGGLING TO FIND OTHER SUPPLIES, EXTERNALLY. WE THANK THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES FOR THEIR FACILITATION AND WE ARE WORKING WITH COUNTRIES, INCLUDING CHINA, ON RESUPPLYING THE LOGISTICS HUB IN DUBAI. WE’VE SENT A FURTHER 100,000, 40,000 TESTS INTO IRAN OVER THE LAST 24 HOURS TO INCREASE THE INTENSITY AND WE ARE DRAWING MILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO CONTINUE TO SUPPLY THAT. RIGHT NOW, IN IRAN, THERE IS A SHORTAGE OF VENTILATORS, A SHORTAGE OF OXYGEN. YOU’VE SEEN THIS IN ITALY AND OTHER COUNTRIES. WHAT HAPPENS AT THIS STAGE, FOR THE GENERATION OF SEVERE CASES, AND AS OF THIS MORNING, THERE WERE 900 IN INTENSIVE CARE. THAT REQUIRES A HUGE HEALTH WORKER COMMITMENT. IT CAN OFTEN REQUIRE 2-3 MEDICAL STAFF AT ONE TIME. THEY ARE THERE FOR HOURS AND HOURS AND USE UP A LOT OF PROTECTIVE GEAR AND THEY BECOME EXHAUSTED. THE CONCERN FOR OUR COLLEAGUES IN IRAN AND ITALY IS THE CASELOAD AND THE DEMAND ON THE HEALTH WORKERS AND THE DANGERS THAT COME WITH FATIGUE. WE MOVE QUICKLY. THE FACT IS RIGHT NOW, WE HAVE FRONT-LINE WORKERS WHO NEED OUR HELP. WITH SUPPLIES, THE TRAINING THEY NEED TO DO A GOOD JOB, IN THAT SENSE, WE FOCUS ON THE JOB AT HAND AND WE CAN WORK IT OUT AFTER THE FACT FOR WHO IS AT FAULT OR WHO IS TO BLAME, WE NEED TO FOCUS ON THE SOLIDARITY AND GETTING THE JOB DONE. WE NEED TO MOVE NOW AND ITALY IS ON THE FRONT LINE, SUFFERING BUT I GUARANTEE YOU OTHER COUNTRIES WILL BE IN THAT SITUATION VERY SOON. WE NEED TO SHOW SOLIDARITY FOR EACH OTHER. PRACTICAL SUPPORT FOR IRAN, AND WE WILL CONTINUE TO PROVIDE THAT AND WORKING WITH INTERNATIONAL PARTNERS. >>TWO LINES TO ADD. FROM THE REPORTS WE GOT FROM OUR EXPERTS ON THE GROUND, WE KNOW THAT IRAN IS DOING ITS BEST, ALL IT CAN AND THAT IS NUMBER ONE. SECOND, THAT THEY NEED LOTS OF SUPPLIES. AS MIKE SAID, WE HAVE TRIED TO SUPPORT AS MUCH AS WE CAN BUT THERE IS STILL A SHORTAGE. WE ARE TRYING TO MOBILIZE MORE SUPPORT FOR IRAN. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. WILL TRY TO TAKE A FEW QUESTIONS FROM JOURNALISTS ONLINE. I WILL REMIND HOW YOU CAN ASK QUESTIONS. IT’S STAR 9 FOR THOSE ONLINE. IT IS CLICKING TO RAISE YOUR HAND. HELEN, CAN YOU HEAR US? >>THANK YOU FOR TAKING MY QUESTION. YOU ARE GETTING ADDITIONAL INFORMATION FROM CHINA AND IN PARTICULAR, I’M INTERESTED IF YOU’VE HAD WORD ABOUT THE STUDIES THAT THEY WERE MEANT TO BE DOING. I WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THEY WOULD HAVE HAD DATA BY NOW. >>THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION. ONE OF THE THINGS WE ARE HOPING FOR IN THE COMING WEEKS ARE RESULTS FROM SURVEYS. AS YOU ALL KNOW, THE TESTS WERE DEVELOPED QUICKLY WITH ASSAYS BEING DEVELOPED QUICKLY AND IN USE IN A NUMBER OF COUNTRIES. WE UNDERSTAND THERE ARE SURVEYS THAT HAVE BEGUN IN SEVERAL COUNTRIES INCLUDING JAPAN. WE DO NOT HAVE THE RESULTS FROM THOSE BUT WHAT WE ARE HOPING FOR, THE RESULTS WE EXPECT IN THE COMING WEEKS, WE’LL HAVE TO DO WITH A BETTER UNDERSTANDING OF THE EXTENT OF INFECTION IN THE GENERAL POPULATION. HOPEFULLY, BY EACH STRUCTURE. WE’VE SEEN THE PROTOCOL AND IT IS AGE STRATIFIED WITH A GENERAL SURVEY. IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME AND WE NEED TO GIVE THEM TIME TO RUN THESE INVESTIGATIONS. WE ARE PRESSURING THEM AND NOT ONLY CHINA, BUT ALL COUNTRIES, TO CARRY OUT THESE INVESTIGATIONS AND SHARE RESULTS SO WE CAN BETTER OCCURRING. HOW TRANSMISSION IS – IT WILL TAKE SOME TIME. >>THANK YOU VERY MUCH. LET’S TRY ISABEL. >>DO YOU HEAR ME? >>YES. >>WE’VE GOT CASES IN SPAIN IN THE LAST 48 HOURS AND I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW IF IT NEEDS TO BE MORE AGGRESSIVE, AT THIS STAGE, TO CONTAIN THE SPREAD OF THE VIRUS? >>I THINK ALL COUNTRIES, NOW, NEED TO HAVE A VERY CLOSE LOOK AT THE OBJECTIVES AND RESPONDING TO THE EPIDEMIC IN THEIR OWN COUNTRY. ARE THEY ACCEPTING THAT THE DISEASE CAN NOW SPREAD IN AN UNCONTROLLED FASHION TO ALL CORNERS OF THE COUNTRY AND THEY WILL FOCUS ON THE HEALTH SYSTEM MOVING FORWARD IN TRYING TO KEEP THE HEALTH SYSTEM FROM COLLAPSING? THAT IS KNOWN AS MITIGATION TO EFFECTIVELY SUPPORT THE HEALTH SYSTEM TO REDUCE FATALITY. WE’VE HAD A NUMBER TALKING ABOUT CONTAINMENT VERSUS MITIGATION AND THE DIRECTOR GENERAL HAS SPOKEN SINCE THE BEGINNING OF THE OUTBREAK ABOUT A COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH TO THIS EPIDEMIC, FOCUS ON CONTAINING WHERE THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO CONTAIN. CONTAINMENT AND ISOLATING. FIRST, CONTAINING THE TRANSMISSION THAT EXISTS AND PREPARING THE HEALTH SYSTEM TO REDUCE THE IMPACT, SHOULD THE DISEASE ESCAPE CONTROL OR ESCAPE THAT CONTAINMENT. THAT’S ALSO KNOWN AS MITIGATION AND IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT PEOPLE UNDERSTAND THAT IT’S NOT AN ESCAPE CLAUSE TO MITIGATION OR ABOUT SAYING THAT NOW WE HAVE A DESCRIPTION OF PANDEMIC AND WE ALL MOVE TO MITIGATION. NOTHING COULD BE FURTHER FROM THE TRUTH. IT IS NOT THE TIME FOR COUNTRIES TO MOVE TOWARD MITIGATION, ONLY , UNTIL THEY ARE NOT IN A POSITION TO AFFECT THE COURSE OF THE EPIDEMIC TO TRY TO STOP THE ARGUING THEM AS HIM. THE DIFFICULTY IS IF YOU DO NOT TRY TO SUPPRESS THIS VIRUS, IT WILL AFFECT THE HEALTH SYSTEM. THERE HAS TO BE STRONG EFFORTS MADE TO SUPPRESS AN INFECTION AND TO PUSH THE INFECTION BACK. AT THE VERY LEAST, IT WILL TAKE THE PRESSURE AND ALLOW A FLATTENED CURVE AND ALLOW YOUR HEALTH SYSTEM TO REMAIN IN CONTROL. ACTUALLY, IT WILL HAVE SUCCESS IN REDUCING CASE FATALITY. FROM THAT PERSPECTIVE, IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT WE USE OUR WORDS VERY CAREFULLY FROM HERE ON IN. WITH REGARD TO SPAIN, SPAIN HAS A NUMBER OF CASES, AND IT HAS ACCELERATED VERY, VERY QUICKLY OVER THE PAST FEW DAYS, AS HAS FRANCE AND NORWAY AND DENMARK AND AS HAS A NUMBER OF EUROPEAN COUNTRIES. IT’S VERY IMPORTANT THAT COUNTRIES IN THE EUROPEAN UNION AND WESTERN EUROPE LOOK AT WHAT THEIR CURRENT CONTROLS ARE FOR THE DISEASE AND TO ASSESS WHETHER THE EFFORTS THEY ARE TAKING ARE GOOD ENOUGH, IN TERMS OF SUPPRESSING TRANSMISSION AND PUSHING BACK THE VIRUS. OBVIOUSLY, PREPARING HEALTH SYSTEMS TO COPE WITH THE CASES THAT OCCUR. ALL CASES NEED TO REVIEW THEIR STRATEGIES RIGHT NOW. >>THANK YOU. I WOULD BE HAPPY TO ADD TO THAT. I HAD A VERY GOOD DISCUSSION WITH HIS EXCELLENCY, PRIME MINISTER PEDRO SANCHEZ OF SPAIN, TWO DAYS AGO. I WAS VERY MUCH IMPRESSED BY HIS COMMITMENT. SPAIN IS USING THE WHOLE OF GOVERNMENT AND THE WHOLE OF SOCIETY APPROACH. WE BELIEVE THAT POLITICAL LEADERSHIP IS REALLY KEY AND WE DISCUSSED ABOUT THE APPROACH MOBILIZING THE WHOLE SOCIETY AND MAKING THE RESPONSE EVERYBODY’S RESPONSIBILITY. WE HOPE TO SEE PROGRESS IN SPAIN , TOO. THE PRIME MINISTER TOOK THE INITIATIVE TO CALL W.H.O. AND TO CONSULT. THAT’S A VERY IMPORTANT MEASURE, ACTUALLY. HE TOLD ME THAT HE’S PREPARED TO DO EVERYTHING TO STOP THIS OUTBREAK. ON CONTAINMENT AND MITIGATION, AGAIN, WE DON’T WANT ANYONE TO MAKE A MISTAKE. THE SITUATION, NOW, WE ARE NOT SAYING THAT THE WORLD SHOULD MOVE TO CONTAINMENT MITIGATION. WE ARE NOT. WE BELIEVE, AS W.H.O., THAT THE COMPREHENSIVE OR BLENDED APPROACH SHOULD CONTINUE. THAT COMPREHENSIVE AND BLENDED APPROACH, CONTAINMENT IS A MAJOR PILLAR. AS MIKE SAID, THEY ACTUALLY SPEAK TO WHY WE ARE SAYING THIS. 81 COUNTRIES WILL BE DOING EVERYTHING TO PREVENT FROM IMPORTING ANY CASE. úTHEY SHOUL FOR THIS VIRUS TO SET FOOT IN THEIR COUNTRY. THEN, THERE ARE 57 COUNTRIES WHO HAVE REPORTED WITH MORE OR LESS CASES. THEY CAN CUT IT OFF. IT’S 138 CASES. 90% OF THE TOTAL NUMBER OF CASES WE HAVE, THE CASES GLOBALLY, FOUR COUNTRIES REPORTED 90% OF IT. 90% OF THE 118,000. SO, IT WILL BE A MISTAKE TO UNBURDEN THE CONTAINMENT STRATEGY. THE REST OF THE COUNTRIES WERE BETWEEN THE FOUR COUNTRIES, AND THOSE WHO HAVE REPORTED 10 CASES OR LESS, WE BELIEVE THAT THE BEST WAY FORWARD IS THE BLENDED, COMPREHENSIVE APPROACH. IT PUTS CONTAINMENT AS A MAJOR PILLAR. WE ALSO HAVE EXAMPLES OF MANY COUNTRIES THAT ALREADY HAVE SHOWN THAT WE HAVE CASES THAT STILL CAN BE CONTAINED. HOWEVER BIG THE NUMBER OF CASES. WE ARE CONVINCED THAT ALTHOUGH THIS IS THE FIRST CORONAVIRUS TO BE LABELED AS PANDEMIC, WITH THE FIRST, IT WILL ALSO BE ABLE TO BE CONTAINED OR CONTROLLED. >>>YOU BEEN LISTENING TO THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION, FORMALLY DECLARING THE CORONAVIRUS A PANDEMIC. I’M REENA NINAN AND THANK YOU VERY MUCH FOR JOININGUS. WE WILL TAKE A SHORT BREAK AND WE WILL BE BACK AT THE TOP OF THE HOUR. >>>EVERY SUNDAY NIGHT AT 8:00 ON CBSN. STOP THE NOISE. >>MY MORAL COMPASS, MY POLITICS, AND MY WORLD VIEW úCO >>AND TURN THE WORLD. >>IF THE STREET IS FILLED WITH SALT WATER, WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE HOW HIGH YOU MAKE YOUR HOUSE? >>RIGHT SIDE UP. >>WHO HERE BELIEVES IN EVOLUTION? >>CHAOS MEETS CLARITY IN EYE OPENING ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARIES ANYWHERE YOU WANT TO SEE THEM. SUNDAY NIGHTS AT 8:00 ONLY ON CBSN. >>>JOIN GAYLE, ANTHONY, AND TONY EVERY MORNING ON CBS THIS MORNING. >>>BOTTOM LINE, IT’S GOING TO GET WORSE. >>STATE OF THE OUTBREAK. THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION DECLARESA CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC. AS THE NUMBER OF CONFIRMED CASES JUMPS IN THE U.S. OFFICIALS RACE FOR A SOLUTION. WHILE PUBLIC FACILITIES FEEL THE PRESSURE TO SHUT DOWN. LEARNING HIS FATE, HARVEY WEINSTEIN SENTENCED TO 23 YEARS IN JAIL AFTER BEING CONVICTED ON SEX CHARGES. BIDEN WINS BIG. THE FORMER VICE PRESIDENT EXPANDS HIS DELEGATE LEAD OVER BERNIE SANDERS AFTER LAST NIGHT’S CONTEST. IS THE VERMONT SENATOR FEELING A DIFFERENT BURN? CBSN CONTINUES NOW. >>>HI, EVERYONE, I’M REENA NINAN, THANK YOU FOR JOINING US. THE CORONAVIRUS OUTBREAK HAS ENTERED A NEW PHASE. THE WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION HAS OFFICIALLY DECLARED A PANDEMIC. AFTER MORE THAN 120,000 PEOPLE WORLDWIDE HAVE BEEN INFECTED. MORE THAN 1,000 CASES REPORTED INSIDE THE UNITED STATES WITH AT LEAST 32 DEATHS NATIONWIDE. 40 STATES, INCLUDING WASHINGTON, D.C., HAVE CONFIRMED CASES. 15 STATES ARE CURRENTLY UNDER A STATE OF EMERGENCY. SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES ACROSS THE COUNTRY HAVE CLOSED IN AN EFFORT TO CONTAIN THE OUTBREAK. MORE THAN 1200 SCHOOLS ARE REPORTEDLY CLOSED TODAY, IMPACTING MORE THAN 850,000 STUDENTS. EARLIER TODAY, ONE OF THE COUNTRIES TOP HEALTH OFFICIALS, DR. ANTHONY FAUCI ISSUED A STARK WARNING TO THE HOUSE OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE. >>I WILL SAY WE WILL SEE MORE CASES AND THINGS WILL GET WORSE THAN THEY ARE RIGHT NOW. HOW MUCH WORSE WE’LL GET WILL DEPEND ON OUR ABILITY TO DO TWO THINGS. TO CONTAIN THE INFLUX OF PEOPLE INFECTED COMING FROM THE OUTSIDE AND THE ABILITY TO CONTAIN AND MITIGATE WITHIN OUR OWN COUNTRY. BOTTOM LINE, IT’S GOING TO GET WORSE. >>FIRST, WE WANT TO TAKE YOU LIVE TO BURLINGTOM, VERMONT, WHERE SENATOR BERNIE SANDERS IS HOLDING A NEWS CONFERENCE AFTER A DISAPPOINTING SHOW IN LAST NIGHT’S PRIMARIES. >>IT HAS BEEN A DIFFICULT NIGHT FROM A DELICATE POINT OF VIEW. WE LOST IN THE LARGEST STATE UP FOR GRABS YESTERDAY. STATE OF MICHIGAN. WE LOST IN MISSISSIPPI, MISSOURI, AND IDAHO. ON THE OTHER HAND, WE WON IN NORTH DAKOTA AND WE LEAD THE VOTE COUNT IN THE STATE OF WASHINGON. THE CO

100 thoughts on “Watch live: World Health Organization gives coronavirus update

  1. Why do they say unless you have symptoms it is not necessary to wear a mask. Then they say people with no symptoms can spread it. It seems contradictory

  2. With the way the Coronavirus has been affecting economies around the world, I wouldn't doubt that the declaration of a Pandemic would cause panic in people, especially businesses who will be forced to close down their business if they are in a high-risk area. Just a guess. Maybe other reasons. Its not just that "oh, there are a lot of sick people, so declare it a Pandemic," as most of us would think, because we are all experts right????

    They are the experts, they know what they are doing. We are all just morons typing on a computer our irrelevant opinions because we are panicking. Chill out. If you are young and healthy, you most likely have nothing to worry about, even if you are infected. Just ensure you don't infect anyone else, especially the elderly. If you are old, be careful. Period.

  3. just a criticism: decisions should be made according to correct educated assumptions: people touch their face always, they cough and sneeze w/o a care in the world, people are selfish they don't care unless it's something at their front door, there are a lot of ignorant and arrogant people, people only care about themselves, people do not cosume total facttual reports inly headlinea and first 2 to 3 sentences. WHO should have started telling countries CONTAINMENT is first and foremost. Sorry, "moving forward" has to stop because that will mean we did not learn anything. they should not be concerned about politics, especially in the topic of travel. this is very sad time in history for all mankind.

  4. Just put the people who are not sick in a dome or something and the ones with corona leave them to die and don't leave the dome for a year till the virus is gone for ever and every this was planned by a kid witch took him 5 minutes to think about it and they had 5 months and done nothing

  5. Dear God, We need more tests, faster results and more equipment. Thanks, America

    PS. Almost forgot, please send us a real president, too.

  6. Americans won't quarantine. They will go to concerts, theaters, school, anywhere. Europeans take it way more seriously. Because if this I think it will spread around quite a bit here unless we have military ensuring compliance.

  7. The virus is a man made biological weapon compliments of China. If the president declared a state of emergency such as martial law, the stock market will collapse world wide. No one understands this fact. Stop worrying about it, stock up on supplies and move on with you're lives. Simple as that.

  8. Do the math according to the house homeland security cmte 1700 people have been tested and there are 1030 infected . 61% of the tested have the virus

  9. Number of positive tests do not equal the number of cases. If a more strict approach is not taken in every country, it will be bad. I think it is a terrible idea do make the assumption that we can see the virus spreading l, because ultimately we cannot. This virus is spreading quickly as we speak, likely in workplaces, schools, and public transportation. Any country who decides to shut down these areas will face negative social and economic repercussions. It’s a tough choice given the grand delay we have in responding to the situation. Better earlier than too late. It doesn’t have to be too dramatic, but something that the WHO and many others don’t realize is that responding to late will make things way more chaotic and catastrophic in the end.

  10. An issue I see – the WHO is telling the countries that dont have the virus to keep fighting and it can be eradicated BUT…. We have the USA where apparently the government has given up trying to stop the virus (they did too little WAY too late and 'lost control' as the DG says) and have gone to the 2nd phase where they try and slow the spread – but even then the only thing they have really done is say large groups should be stopped and everyone is responsible for keeping distance and staying home only if sick – oh, and forget the masks, they only work if the people around you are sick (then why the heck am I forced to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle – oh yeah , for the just in case time you meet up with a crash)… but then back on point – so we have these countries that have not had the virus and we have those where they virus will have been allowed to infect the entire population… those where the virus was stopped will forever-on need to screen travelers entering their country to prevent future spread until a vaccine is created and shared globally… that could be a year and a half of trying to protect their borders… Good luck to them…..

  11. No children are being affected. That's a great thing. However that tell me this is engineered. Maybe to get rid of older people and socket people because the healthcare market cannot keep up with baby boomers

  12. The contagious coronavirus can survive on a cardboard delivery box for at least a day and lives even longer on steel and plastic.

    The germ survived longest on plastic and stainless steel, where it clung for as long as three days, according to Vincent Munster and a team at the National Institutes of Health virology laboratory in Hamilton, Montana, who describe their experiments in a new preprint.

  13. to whom it may concert? /… Medical Scientist ??? How? Did it come from Water, Food?, or a dang Mosquito…..we have to know Too.! Please scientist- Find cure FAST! GOD Bless All….AMEN

  14. The WHO director is from one of the Aflican countries which are heavily invested by China. That's why this man praised China.

  15. With this president, elected by the Americans, things don't look good for the United States without Corona. But with…..

    The entire American electoral system urgently needs to be changed.

    It's your choice again, make it better this time.

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  17. Well, whatever happens to your health, make sure your eternal salvation in Jesus is secured away…..If anybody is interested in learning about what eternal salvation in Jesus is and is not, the bible teaching site, teachingfaith com is a good source of info. All their content is free in ebooks & streaming videos. The teaching titled, 'change of mind' has all the basics…Trust with confidence and understanding that Jesus removed all of your sins when He died and rose. Simple!

  18. how come they didn't look at Taiwan? look at their numbers… why? cause China paid off all these sellouts at this so called WHO

  19. Hey CDC. Mass quarantines in New York Subways in about 7-10 days tops. Our
    governor said walk to take a bike to work. Avoid Crowed Trains, THERE R
    NO EMPTY TRAINs or BUSES DURING RUSH HOUR !!

  20. Hey CDC. Mass quarantines in New York Subways in about 7-10 days tops. Our
    governor said walk to take a bike to work. Avoid Crowed Trains, THERE R
    NO EMPTY TRAINs or BUSES DURING RUSH HOUR !!

  21. Hey CDC. Mass quarantines in New York Subways in about 7-10 days tops. Our
    governor said walk to take a bike to work. Avoid Crowed Trains, THERE R
    NO EMPTY TRAINs or BUSES DURING RUSH HOUR !!

  22. Hey CDC. Mass quarantines in New York Subways in about 7-10 days tops. Our
    governor said walk to take a bike to work. Avoid Crowed Trains, THERE R
    NO EMPTY TRAINs or BUSES DURING RUSH HOUR !!

  23. I’ll be deeply concerned if the death rate ends up being equatable to season flu. Where’s the wolf…

  24. Containment is a correct short-term immediate emergency response. We need long-term solutions. Yes, we can close schools, airports, etc, but this is only going to slow down the disease, and make it last for months, if not years. This is not sustainable long-term solution. We need to embrace living with the new virus and start scaling up the medical facilities: build field hospitals and train an army of health care workers.

  25. He is an Idiot……. From January the situation is getting terrible day by day.. And these puppets were waiting for what??? Situation is out of control now…
    Trust me either China or America will say that they have the antivirus in coming days , when things worsen…
    Pure business.. And those who trust these people are idiots too..

  26. Trump refuses testing for Covid 19 despite being exposed putting those around him at risk…. setting the example 😄

  27. hey WHO! when this broke out of control in China it was a pandemic you idiot and you knew it then so don't even make a speech because no one believes you idiot

  28. So bc of incompetence if u go into hospital sick and they feel the next person has a better chance of surviving u will be left there to die…thats exactly what I just heard…im starting to wonder if this is a plan to depopulate…u have worked the elderly until their bodies r broken so they r no longer of use…it is deplorable that our entire population is at risk and not one person on the hill can figure out or has the balls to do whatever is neccessary to protect the American ppl…how is it that the US cannot even get testing kits right!!! We r acting and becoming a 3rd world country…ppl need to speak up and get involved…everything leadership does affects each and everyone of us…we have been standing by for nearly 4 yrs while our country is imploding…WTF America!!

  29. UN is known as one most corrupt organisation around the world, WHO aka world health organisation is an arm of UN. How can we believe these WHO officers, when they have time to act, they delay, instead they went out their way praising the communist government of China who give us this coronavirus, the same Chinese officials did their best to cover up this coronavirus outbreak and lied over and over again until they could no longer cover up their lies. Now If we listen carefully to these WHO officials the way they speak about China, sounds like the world owe China big time for fighting this coronavirus which they unleashed which affected all of us, GLOBALLY!!!. I know it's not the time to play blame game but should not forget who place us in this predicament either. What could have been if these power hungry Chinese official acted honestly and what could have been if these WHO officials acted the way they are there in the first place TO PROTECT THE WORLD OUTBREAK SUCH AS THIS, instead of licking Xi Jinping ARSE!!!!!!!

  30. Doug E funny it came from China. Right at election time, 🧐 freak out the masses. Classic. Just like every other flu. People die from every year. But this at this time, classic. Wake up people

  31. I live in Denmark
    Here they are telling us
    That between 400/600
    Are infected with the corona virus
    But deads I dont know.
    They have put puplic spaces as schools on lockdown
    They are asking people to work from home as much as it is possible .
    It is scary how high the numbers of infected are,when you know how small a country Denmark is
    were their live some million peoples.
    Dont remember ecsactly how manny.
    The health minister here
    says that our health care as respirators are not at all prepared for this kind of panademic.

  32. There are a handful of countries maybe less than 22% of the countries that cannot nor have the resources to identify the problem or to handle the situation at hand they are uneducated misinform people

  33. I'm frustrated with people, Who don't know all the details about this New Coronavirus disease, but some are saying, it's a matter of weeks, things are going are going to be better. How Is That True!!, there is No Cure, they don't know how this Virus even came about. They don't have enough test kits, some people that have the coronavirus are, not being tested, and some can't be tested, so they are unknowingly spreading the Virus, Take a Lesson, and Warning, from ITALY. Stop Down Playing, this Pandemic Disease!!!. Sadly, Some People are going to Die. These are Very Serious, Times.

  34. There is no excuse in a country like the USA that every one of us is not tested. Let’s get the testing going. Why are we reluctant to do this? You are contagious BEFORE you have symptoms. The only way to know what you individually should be currently doing…self quarantine if positive test…calling emergencies services if you get to the point you need care at a hospital…why are we not doing serious testing? My other question is, once you have it, get over it, are you then immune so you can then help others especially elderly in their homes who are sick and need help. I would assume you would have immunity but remember the cases no longer mentioned by WHO or CDC where people got COVID19, got well, but then days later tested positive again? No word about that any more. I’m more than willing to do my part. I fall into the danger category because of my age and because I’m immune compromised. Then I read today that medications I take could cause even more serious complications if I become infected. Right now I’m already happily secluded in my home. Now I want clear cut details of where to go from here. With labs around the world working on this, why do answers to our questions seem very few and slow in coming?

  35. Mask Mask Mask! Taiwanese bought machinery to produce more mask in the very beginning! No matter sick or not, you must wear a mask please! Look at Taiwan now! Taiwan is not member of WHO by the way.

  36. I feel this virus was planned to lunch in 2020 and it will not be stopped untill it reaches a certain number of deaths ..
    If you try to think about it ..
    I mean I'm not one of those who believe in conspiracy theorie but i have read some of those old illuminate commandments
    1 – building the old Temple .. already Trump did it in 2018 by building "a American embassy" in Jerusalem preparing for the Antichrist
    2- decreasing in the human popularity " and i don't think they considering war to achieve that "
    3- new world order " one government rules the world "
    Proof me wrong !

  37. The WHO should form several teams for medical assistance, for cremation and for taking care of patients who need help especially for those countries where the population is not as large as China becoz China has the advantage of human help and also help those countries where cases are more.

    I pray to God that the coronavirus leaves planet earth at the earliest.

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  40. The current world situation with COVID-19 pandemic underlines the massive failing that exists within the US healthcare system. Where other countries in the industrialized world (like mine – Canada) are able to mobilize efforts to ensure that EVERYONE is able to be tested and treated as needed to effectively monitor and control the spread of this disease, America falls woefully short due to the vast number of uninsured and undocumented persons who will not seek the medical attention needed.

    Healthcare is a critical and essential service that should never be controlled by the private sector. If ever there was a time that underlines the importance of having free and ready access to healthcare for ALL people in America it is NOW!

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  42. China was the only one to stop the virus with over a billion people cause they unleashed the contagious bio warfare virus on the world and mfg the world's prescription drugs..

  43. Mosquitoes could be the Next Carrier
    https://www.facebook.com/100042143214274/posts/207219960692776/?d=n

  44. Thanks to all the workers at WHO who is more & more of a real universal status. As a part of the UN's Sustainable Development Group, it advocates Universal Health Care. "…every universal cause is divine and every personal matter is human or limited." ~ Baha'i Faith

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