Wuhan Coronavirus - WHO's Emergency Committee issued Temporary Recommendations
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Wuhan Coronavirus - WHO's Emergency Committee issued Temporary Recommendations

By IndraStra Global News Team

Wuhan Coronavirus - WHO's Emergency Committee issued Temporary Recommendations

On January 30, 2020 (Geneva, Switzerland), the second meeting of the Emergency Committee (The Committee) convened (via teleconference) by the WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus under the International Health Regulations (IHR) (2005) regarding the outbreak of novel coronavirus 2019 (nCoV-2019) in China. This second meeting took place given significant increases in numbers of cases and additional countries reporting confirmed cases.  

The Committee’s role is to provide timely advice to the Director-General, who makes the final decision on the determination of a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC). The Committee also provides public health advice or suggests formal Temporary Recommendations, as appropriate.

In the meeting, representatives of the Ministry of Health of the People’s Republic of China reported on the current situation and the public health measures being taken. There are now 7711 confirmed and 12167 suspected cases throughout the country. Of the confirmed cases, 1370 are severe and 170 people have died. 124 people have recovered and been discharged from the hospital.

Also, the WHO Secretariat provided an overview of the situation in other countries. There are now 83 cases in 18 countries. Of these, only 7 had no history of travel in China. There has been human-to-human transmission in 3 countries outside China. One of these cases is severe and there have been no deaths.

The Committee conveyed its thanks to China for quickly identifying the virus and sharing its sequence so that other countries could diagnose it quickly and protect themselves, which has resulted in the rapid development of diagnostic tools. The Committee also acknowledged the leading role of WHO and its partners.

The Committee believes that it is still possible to interrupt virus spread, provided that countries put in place strong measures to detect disease early, isolate and treat cases, trace contacts, and promote social distancing measures commensurate with the risk. It is important to note that as the situation continues to evolve, so will the strategic goals and measures to prevent and reduce the spread of the infection. The Committee agreed that the outbreak now meets the criteria for a PHIEC and proposed the series of advice to be issued as Temporary Recommendations

The list of Temporary Recommendations are issued to WHO, the People's Republic of China and all other countries. For more details, click here.

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