Covid-19 update: WHO adamant it isn't too late to turn the tide

Covid-19 update: WHO adamant it isn't too late to turn the tide

With multiple nations seeing new waves of Covid-19 infections, the WHO says it isn't too late to turn the tide. Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the Covid-19 pandemic.

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The World Health Organisation has signalled that it is still not too late to bring Covid-19 under control.

This beam of hope comes at a time where numerous countries are considering returning to lockdown conditions to limit spikes in cases.

Briefly.co.za explores the latest updates on the pandemic below:

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The WHO insists that it isn't too late to curb the spread of Covid-19. Image: Twitter/ @WHO
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1. WHO chief says it's not too late to curb Covid-19 spread

Numerous nations, including Europe and North America, are facing a second wave of Covid-19 infections.

World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has made it clear that it isn't too late to get the situation under control:

"Seize the opportunity, it’s not too late. We all have a role to play in suppressing transmission and we have seen across the world that it’s possible."
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Much like the first wave of infections that gripped the globe, Ghebreyesus pointed out that the solution to the crisis remains simple:

“This is another critical moment for action. Another critical moment for leaders to step up. And another critical moment for people to come together for a common purpose."

2. Mkhize on latest statistics

Health Minister Dr Zweli Mkhize has provided South Africa with another update on the pandemic.

In a statement issued by the Health Ministry on Monday evening, Mkhize commented that:

"As of today, the cumulative number of detected Covid-19 cases is 727 595 with 772 new cases identified since the last report."

On fatalities, Mkhize confirmed the latest number of deaths recorded in South Africa:

"Regrettably, we report 54 Covid-19 related deaths today: 24 from Eastern Cape, 13 from the Free State, 1 from KwaZulu-Natal, 2 from Limpopo, 1 from Mpumalanga, 9 from Northern Cape, and 4 from Western Cape. This brings the total number of COVID-19 related deaths to 19 465."
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Mkhize confirmed that recoveries now stand at 657 500 which translates to a recovery rate of 90%.

Earlier, Briefly.co.za reported that Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus has confirmed that he has gone into self-quarantine.

This comes after the head of the global entity came into contact with someone who had tested positive for the virus.

Tedros commented that he currently is doing well and has no symptoms, taking to social media to say:

"I have been identified as a contact of someone who has tested positive for Covid-19. I am well and without symptoms but will self-quarantine over the coming days, in line with WHO protocols, and work from home."

Tedros highlighted the importance of following protocols to reduce the spread of the virus:

"This is how we will break chains of Covid-19 transmission, suppress the virus, and protect health systems."

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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