Malawi’s health authorities have declared a wild polio virus outbreak after a case was detected in a young child in the capital Lilongwe after more than five years, the World Health Organization (WHO) said. The WHO said in a statement that laboratory analysis showed the strain detected in Malawi was linked to one that has been circulating in Pakistan.
The World Health Organisation said on Monday that the B.1.617 variant first identified in India last year was being classified as a variant of global concern. The WHO has said the predominant lineage of B.1.617 was first identified in India last December, and available information suggests increased transmissibility. The variant has already spread to other countries, and many nations have moved to restrict movements from India.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) said Pakistan was among countries from whom the international community should learn how to deal with Covid-19 pandemic. WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a media briefing said Pakistan deployed the infrastructure built up over many years for polio to combat Covid-19. Tedros named Pakistan among seven other countries as examples for international community to follow.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr Zafar Mirza has undermined the World Health Organisation’s (WHO) statement regarding COVID-19 in Pakistan by saying the organisation is only looking through a “health lens”. Mirza stated government, on the other hand, is pursuing a “holistic strategy to combat the coronavirus”. His remarks came after WHO recommended imposing an “intermittent lockdown” in Pakistan.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) has said Pakistan has been ranked among the top 10 countries in the world reporting the highest number of new cases of Covid-19. In a letter to the four provinces, WHO stated Pakistan did not meet any of the prerequisites for opening of the lockdown and advised to observe a strict two-week lockdown.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has said that asymptomatic patients is of coronavirus rarely transmit the disease. During a press briefing, head of WHO’s emerging diseases and zoonosis unit, Dr. Maria Van Kerkhove, said spread from asymptomatic and presymptomatic people does occur, but recommended focusing on tracing and isolating symptomatic people to better attack the outbreak.
The World Health Organization on Wednesday warned that the novel coronavirus may never go away and become an endemic – like HIV. Also that the world must learn to live with. As the world gradually eases the stringent measures it took to stem the outbreak’s spread, the WHO says the virus may never be wiped out completely.
The World Health Organisation (WHO) warned countries about the dangers of premature lifting of coronavirus restrictions. WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference that lifting restrictions could lead to a deadly resurgence. He added that there had been a slow of epidemics European countries but there had been an alarming acceleration elsewhere including Africa.
An independent tribunal investigating “forced organ harvesting” from Chinese prisoners, including Falun Gong practitioners and Uighur Muslims, concluded that despite Chinese government’s claim in 2014 that organ harvesting from executed prisoners will cease, seemingly large numbers of transplants are still taking place. Tribunal also falsified China’s claims that it follows World Health Organization’s guiding principles on human organ transplant.