WHO sounds virus alarm for Western Pacific

Jakarta, August 18

The World Health Organisation mentioned nations within the Western Pacific—an enormous area comprising almost 1.9 billion folks—have entered a brand new part of coronavirus pandemic response and urged regional governments to proceed to advertise behaviour that protects group well being.

This is “the phase where governments will need to deal with multiple increases or surges, but in a sustainable way”, mentioned Dr Takeshi Kasai, the WHO’s regional director for the Western Pacific.

He mentioned governments might want to have earlier focused responses to outbreaks, proceed to enhance well being care programs, and promote wholesome “new normal” habits that may assist forestall the unfold of the virus.

“Approaches like this could be more effective and minimise social disruptions and impact on economies,” Kasai mentioned.

The WHO additionally warned that nations within the area—together with Australia, the Philippines and Japan—are reporting growing numbers of individuals below 40 contracting the virus.

“Many are unaware they are infected with very mild symptoms, or none at all,” Kasai said. “This can result in them unknowingly passing on the virus to others.” — AP

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