The World Well being Group on Friday urged nations grappling with coronavirus to step up management measures, saying it’s nonetheless attainable to rein it in, as some nations clamped contemporary restrictions on residents.
With case numbers greater than doubling prior to now six weeks worldwide, Uzbekistan returned to lockdown as a result of a spike in circumstances whereas Hong Kong stated faculties would shut from Monday after recording an “exponential progress” of regionally transmitted circumstances.
WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus referred to as on nations to undertake an aggressive strategy, highlighting Italy, Spain, South Korea and India’s greatest slum to indicate it was attainable to cease the unfold of the virus, regardless of how unhealthy the outbreak.
The WHO’s feedback got here as US President Donald Trump was pressured to cancel an election rally in New Hampshire as a result of a storm.
Whereas the president has pushed to carry giant gatherings in opposition to well being recommendation, epidemiologists have more and more warned of the risks posed by the virus within the air inside crowded and confined areas.
On a go to to Florida on Friday, Trump lashed out at China over the pandemic.
“(The) relationship with China has been severely broken. They may have stopped the plague…. They did not cease it,” he informed reporters.
The pandemic has killed at the least 5,56,140 folks worldwide because the outbreak emerged in China final December.
Over 12.three million circumstances have been registered in 196 nations and territories, triggering large financial harm.
In Uzbekistan, residents have been from Friday once more dealing with lockdown restrictions initially imposed in March however lifted regularly over the previous two months.
The Central Asian nation’s return to confinement adopted Australia’s choice to lock down its second-biggest metropolis Melbourne from Thursday.
A police officer manning a checkpoint arrange on the outskirts of the previous Soviet republic’s capital Tashkent stated solely drivers with “an excellent purpose” to enter the capital — equivalent to delivering meals and different very important provides — might cross.
Eating places, gyms, swimming swimming pools and non-food markets have all shut their doorways as soon as once more till at the least August 1.
Personal transport inside cities will likely be restricted to morning and early night journeys and important functions equivalent to travelling to work and buying meals and drugs.
In Hong Kong, the spike marks a setback for town, the place every day lives have been returning to regular with eating places and bars resuming regular enterprise and cultural points of interest reopening.
Regardless of being proper subsequent to mainland China the place the outbreak emerged in late 2019, town had largely managed to quash native transmissions in current months.
However new an infection clusters have began to emerge since Tuesday, together with at an aged care residence that reported at the least 32 circumstances and a housing property that reported 11 circumstances.
“Throughout all walks of life, we’re all being examined to the restrict,” WHO’s Tedros informed a digital information convention in Geneva.
“From nations the place there may be exponential progress, to locations which can be loosening restrictions and now beginning to see circumstances rise.
“Solely aggressive motion mixed with nationwide unity and world solidarity can flip this pandemic round,” he stated.
Elsewhere, French officers warned of a rising development in circumstances in metropolitan France because the demise toll topped 30,000.
In Israel, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu admitted that the choice to permit companies, together with bars and occasion areas, to reopen might have been made “too quickly”.
The nation recorded its highest variety of coronavirus infections over a 24-hour interval, with almost 1,500 new circumstances confirmed.
In Australia, in the meantime, authorities stated they might slash the variety of returning residents allowed into the nation by half.
From Monday, solely 4,000 Australian residents or everlasting residents will likely be allowed again every day.