The World Health Organisation (WHO) says younger persons are not invincible to COVID-19, as knowledge from international locations present that folks underneath 50 years previous make up a major proportion of sufferers requiring hospitalisation.
Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, at a media briefing on Friday, stated the organisation had found that although older individuals had been the toughest hit, youthful individuals had been, nevertheless, not spared from the virus.
“Today, I’ve a message for younger individuals; you aren’t invincible. This Coronavirus might put you in hospital for weeks, and even kill you.
“Even when you don’t get sick, the alternatives you make about the place you go may very well be the distinction between life and demise for another person.
“I’m grateful that so many younger persons are spreading the phrase and never the virus.
“Solidarity is the key to defeating COVID-19, solidarity among countries, but also between age groups. Thank you for heeding our call for solidarity,” Ghebreyesus stated.
He famous that every day, COVID-19 appears to achieve a brand new and tragic milestone, saying greater than 210,000 circumstances have now been reported to WHO, and greater than 9,000 individuals have misplaced their lives.
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“Every lack of life is a tragedy. It’s additionally motivation to double down and do every little thing we are able to to cease transmission and save lives.
“Yesterday, Wuhan, China, reported no new circumstances for the primary time for the reason that COVID-19 outbreak began.
“Wuhan provides hope for the rest of the world, that even the most severe situation can be turned around,” he stated.
Ghebreyesus, nevertheless, known as for warning, saying that the scenario may very well be reversed.
He added that the expertise of cities and international locations which have pushed again COVID-19 give hope and braveness to the remainder of the world.
The director-general famous that the collapsed of the marketplace for private protecting gear had created excessive difficulties in guaranteeing that well being employees have entry to the gear they should do their jobs safely and successfully.
“This is an space of key concern for us. We have now recognized some producers in China who’ve agreed to provide WHO.
“We’re at present finalising the preparations and coordinating shipments so we are able to refill our warehouse to ship private protecting gear to whoever wants it most.
“Our aim is to build a pipeline to ensure continuity of supply, with support from our partners, governments and the private sector,” Ghebreyesus stated.
He expressed his gratitude to Jack Ma and his basis, in addition to Aliko Dangote, for his or her willingness to assist present important provides to the international locations in want.
Ghebreyesus stated that WHO was working actively to help all international locations, and particularly those who wants its help essentially the most. (NAN)