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Covid-19: ‘Window of opportunity narrowing’ as virus spreads outside China-WHO



  The international community must step up efforts to stem the new coronavirus amid worrying infection trends in Iran and South Korea, World Health Organisation (WHO) Chief Tedros Ghebreyesus says.

“The window of opportunity is still there, but our window of opportunity is narrowing,” he tells a news conference in Geneva.

“Countries have so far not responded adequately to the WHO’s appeal for 61.5 million dollars to fund its global Covid-19 response plan, Ghebreyesus said.

The total number of newly confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus has gradually decreased across China, showing a positive signal that the epidemic situation has improved, a health official said on Friday.

“The daily number of new confirmed cases nationwide dropped from the peak of 15,152 on Feb. 12 to less than 900 on Thursday,” Zeng Yixin, Deputy Director of the National Health Commission, said at a new conference.

Also, the number of new confirmed cases of COVID-19 outside Hubei, the epicentre province of the outbreak, was 258 reported on Thursday, down from the highest peak of 890 on Feb. 3, Yixin said.

Since Feb. 18, China’s daily recovered people infected with the coronavirus had outnumbered new confirmed infections for three days in a row, the official said. 

Edited By: Fatima Sule/Isaac Aregbesola


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