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Coronavirus: World must prepare for pandemic, says WHO - BBC News

Coronavirus: World must prepare for pandemic, says WHO - BBC News
now there are fears that the corona virus outbreak could become a

pandemic

we now know there are confirmed cases in 35 countries it's already classed as an epidemic but is an update from the BBC's medical correspondent Fergus Walsh saying the combined situation in South Korea Iran and Italy point to the early stages of a

pandemic

appendant being when a disease has spread

world

wide here's the assessment of the

World

Health Organization this is not the time to focus on what word we use that will not prevent a single infection today or save a single life today this is a time for all countries communities families and individuals to focus on preparing we do not live in a binary black-and-white

world

it's not either/or we

must

focus on containment while doing everything we can to

prepare

for a potential

pandemic

look at these statistics the corona virus has overtaken the 2003 SARS epidemic and the Middle Eastern respiratory syndrome MERS in both the number of cases by far and also the number of deaths - the SARS outbreak lasted around eight months here's the w-h-o again on why it is very difficult to put a time frame on this virus we don't know is what the reality will be in two months or in six months time there there is still a possibility that we can contain the virus and interrupted strands interrupt its transmission but the virus may settle down into an endemic pattern of transmission into a seasonal pattern of transmission or could accelerate into a...
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full-blown global

pandemic

and at this point it is not possible to say which of those realities is going to is going to happen well Italy is one of the countries where numbers are escalating there's been a fifth death today there have been more than 200 new cases since Friday several towns in Lombardy and in veneto are on lockdown that means around 50,000 people cannot leave without permission and see how that's working in these pictures this is a police roadblock that's been stared up to stop people moving in or out this is just outside a town called Cassell boost and leng go if you go a little bit further north well this is a train heading through the Alps but it was stopped from crossing from Italy into Austria because two passengers were suspected of having the virus hours later they tested negative and the train was able to continue next these pictures are from Milan just look at these empty shelves that's because people have been stocking up on food and supplies they want to be ready in case a lockdown is imposed here - and already the city is taking different types of action it's famous cathedrals being closed as have some schools and some universities well let's focus on one town that is locked down the town of cadeaux no just to the southeast of Milan and the BBC's mark Lowen it's just outside it well this is the exclusion zone now on the road to cordon you're the center of the outbreak and you can see there stopping all the cars...
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trying to enter here and all those trying to leave depends where they've got me they've got the authorization as to whether they can pass through and the Carabinieri and military are deciding whether or not to widen this exclusion zone in an attempt to control the

coronavirus

spread and Mark's been using his phone to speak to some of the residents who are stuck on the other side of that barrier I feel a bit abandoned the

news

we get comes through whatsapp or Facebook there's a lot of false rumors around at Uralla gentle panic on people panicked yes people are panicking some convince themselves it will blow over others are worried and can't sleep this perspective one school teacher also in a town which is locked down called San Fiorano support passage our economy ain't a simple Sheila called can respond we can take walks we can walk our dogs we can go jogging we can ride bikes but authorities suggested to us to avoid contact with other people in fact about them all we know that we may be infected and that we may already have contracted the Corona fire and we wait for these days to pass by living day by day if these symptoms appear we know what we have to do hoping that the emergency numbers are free to call because from what I know it is really difficult to contact the health professionals so we've heard from Catania we've heard from San Fiorano it's got a little bit further south just outside the lockdown area to a place called PHN Sur and...
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the BBC's Bethany Bell is there well certainly there is a lot of concern we've been wandering around piensa today people concerned about the possible spread of this they don't know how long quarantine in neighboring towns is going to last for we're just a few kilometers away from the exclusion zone here a lot of the cafes and restaurant owners that we've spoken to here say they're worried about the impact on their business very few people out and about and in some areas a bit closer to the exclusion zone the cafes and restaurants are completely shut well it's made from Italy to South Korea it has the largest number of infections outside of China over 830 and most of those are linked to a religious group in the city of daegu right in the south of South Korea this was the scene on Monday how many people are in this queue it's outside a supermarket and all of these people want to buy surgical masks and other supplies well the BBC's Laura Baker has been in Daegu over the weekend here she explains how technology is being used in an effort to restrict this virus they're using your phone to locate where you are and then they'll send you an emergency alert if you're anywhere near where a confirmed

coronavirus

patient has been well let's shift now from South Korea to the Middle East because we have a number of new infections and deaths across the region in Afghanistan Oman Bahrain Kuwait and Iraq as well all reporting their first...
cases we know that those cases are linked to a cluster of cases in Iran centered around the religious city of Qom which is just to the south of Tehran is visited by millions of Shia Muslim pilgrims every year he is run around bought from BBC Persian on what we know about what's happening in the city there are introducing some measures about the security in the shrine the shrine that Shia shrine there and they said they said that there won't be any public prayers anymore for a while and they put some some fences between the shrine so people that don't touch it but the problem is that they are lacking infrastructure and they're lacking accurate reporting let's look at that last point because the official death toll in Iran is currently 13 but a parliamentarian who represents calm he's claiming that the true figure is at least 50 in the city alone and he's accusing the authorities of lying about the extent of the problem the Deputy Health Minister has responded saying if the number of deaths in calm reach is 1/2 or 1/4 of this figure I will resign but that local parliamentarian has responded I've given the names of 40 dead people to the deputy minister now we await his resignation well his Rahner again at least in seven provinces in Iran there have been confirmed cases of

coronavirus

and many of them are religious hotbed so the for instance the city of Mashhad which hosts one of the shrines of the office years that is open and the authorities...
haven't even confirmed any cases in Mashhad but we know that kuwait had to evacuate at 700 P of its people have confirmed that there were three cases that that had come from Iran but that shrine is open tonight thousands of people are celebrating a shyah shyah celebration and they are just next to each other celebrating this event it's unbelievable how many people are there while we know that there is growing a virus and how and you and your colleagues of BBC Persian getting good information about the virus inside Iran given that it's hard to get good information on anything connected to the government it's very difficult the numbers that we heat we hear from our viewers is far more than what the Iranian authorities are confirming and there are it's it's a serious concern because they say 61 confirmed cases and 13 people have died but what people are telling me is far more than that and when the ratio between the confirmed cases and deaths it's much higher than the rest the

world

so it's about nearly 20% of people have been killed so that this shows that there's lack of transparency as a result people are very worried and they contrast anything that the authorities are saying and we have other cases elsewhere in the Middle East we think connected to the outbreak in Iran so are there any restrictions on movement between Iran and other neighboring countries most neighbors have closed down their borders and and they have suspended their...
flights to several cities in Iran and remember because the city of Qom is a religious city Masch hive is a religious city they have many foreign pilgrims there and in the city of form there is a seminary what the most important sheer seminary there so there are many Shia students there who have then travelled back to their countries that's how it has quickly spread in many of the Muslim countries in the region now this crisis is very much a global of concern of course but China very much remains at its center these are the latest statistics on the situation there over 77,000 confirmed cases over two and a half thousand deaths and China's government's now taken the hugely symbolic decision of postponing its annual parliamentary gathering that's the National People's Congress it was due to take place in Beijing next month Steve McDonald's there this is the most important political gathering of the year and to be putting it off it really will make everybody pay attention in China certainly I mean it would have been you'd have to get back to the probably the Cultural Revolution for the last time that the National People's Congress didn't go ahead as planned at the right time but you know you can understand why imagine three thousand delegates all coming to Beijing from across the country including from whom a province which is at the heart of the problem now apart from potentially getting infected themselves some of them could be carrying the...
corona virus into the Great Hall of the People where China's senior leadership our weather you know the heads of military business leaders and the like are all at that gathering now imagine potentially infecting all of those people with theirs this disease which can be deadly so Stephen with a political dimension to the story makes his John sad worth also in Beijing with an update on what China is doing to combat the spread of the virus more broadly China is going all-out to contain the virus this is an infection control squad in training but there are still questions over its early response and the silencing of medics who try to raise the alarm today though the

World

Health Organization was full of praise China has rolled out probably the most ambitious and I would say agile and aggressive disease containment effort in history to what extent do you think cover-up and censorship played a role in allowing this virus to accelerate at the rate it did I don't know frankly didn't didn't look at that under being completely honest but what worries me most is has the rest of the

world

learned the lesson of speed once China woke up to the danger it did move fast quarantine in cities and effectively shutting down its economy as the virus was allowed to spiral out of control in the province of Hebei it spread in smaller but significant pockets to every province in China this is the picture of a disaster and it forced the government to act and here's what happened the...
official figures show that in who Bay although the numbers are still high they are stabilizing and for the rest of China even better

news

the numbers kept low by those containment measures and if we have a closer look for more than a week now they've been falling China has been so effective the

World

Health Organization

says

it's now safe to get the economy going again welcome

news

on this farm with the roads all blocked of course it's brought sales down Wei Hong kun tells me if China's control of information helped start the crisis its control over its people might help solve it John said worth BBC

News

Beijing almost every day we're doing these comprehensive round ups of the

coronavirus

crisis and if you want to watch any of them back you can get it in the UK via iPlayer but wherever you are in the

world

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