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Friday, July 3, 2020

What Comes Next After WHO Sends Team To China To Investigate Source Of Coronavirus?

Bruce Aylward, head of the WHO-China Joint Mission on COVID-19’s foreign expert panel holds up a chart showing the results of China’s epidemic

Bruce Aylward, head of the WHO-China Joint Mission on COVID-19’s foreign expert panel holds up a chart showing the results of China’s epidemic

Six months on from the novel coronavirus outbreak, the WHO said Monday it was sending a team to China to work towards finding the source — as it warned the pandemic was far from over.


And the World Health Organization warned that in an atmosphere of global division and politicization of the Covid-19 crisis, it feared the worst was yet to come.


The UN health agency lamented the "very tragic" milestones of 500,000 deaths and 10 million confirmed infections being reached, just as it marks on Tuesday six months since it was first informed of the outbreak in the Chinese city of Wuhan.


The WHO is sending a team to China next week in connection with the search for the origin of the virus that sparked the global pandemic.


The organization has been pressing China since early May to invite in its experts to help investigate the animal origins of the coronavirus.


"We can fight the virus better when we know everything about the virus, including how it started," WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a virtual press conference.


"We will be sending a team next week to China to prepare for that and we hope that that will lead to understanding how the virus started."


He did not specify the make-up of the team, nor what specifically, their mission would consist of.


Scientists believe the virus jumped from animals to humans, possibly from a market in Wuhan selling exotic animals for meat.


'We fear the worst'

"Six months ago, none of us could have imagined how our world — and our lives — would be thrown into turmoil by this new virus," said Tedros.


"We all want this to be over. We all want to get on with our lives. But the hard reality is this is not even close to being over.

"Globally the pandemic is actually speeding up.


"We're all in this together, and we're all in this for the long haul.

"We have already lost so much — but we cannot lose hope."


Tedros also said that the pandemic had brought out the best and worst humanity, citing acts of kindness and solidarity, but also misinformation and the politicization of the virus.


Unless international unity replaces fractious division, "the worst is yet to come. I'm sorry to say that," he said.


"With this kind of environment and condition, we fear the worst."


While the world races to find safe and effective vaccines and therapeutics against Covid-19, Tedros said countries such as South Korea had shown that the virus could be successfully suppressed and controlled without them.


He said governments needed to be "serious" about measures such as contact tracing and citizens had to take responsibility for personal steps such as maintaining hand hygiene.


Reflecting on the global death toll and infection numbers, Tedros said: "Still, this could have been prevented through the tools we have at hand."


He added: "The critical question that all countries will face in the coming months is how to live with this virus. That is the new normal."


News Wires (Reuters

Saturday, June 27, 2020


The deadly pandemic claims another victim, while all activities of the world turned upside-down

The deadly pandemic claims another victim, while all activities of the world turned upside-down 

The coronavirus is a deadly disease that doesn't discriminate. Like both fresh and dry leaves falling from the tree, it takes away both the young and the old, including pensioners. It is not a hidden fact that the coronavirus has denied many pensioners the chance to live happily, years after hard work.

Among the pensioners killed by the virus are retired doctors and medical personnel that answered the call to save lives during the heavy impact of the virus in many countries. 

It really hurts to see these people who have worked for several years, lives come to such a tragic end without the chance to have a happy life years after selfless hard work for the state.

There are fear and panic throughout the world because of conflicting and unconfirmed reports associating with the pandemic. 

One time, we hear of the disease is subsiding, another time, you hear the disease has actually increased. Such a situation instills fear in people, believing that the disease is out of control, yet governments are giving assurances of false hope.

Just a few days ago, Tedros Adhanom Gebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization, had received reports of almost 7 million cases of coronavirus infection in the world and about 400 thousand deaths. Today the global death is over 9 million (9,910,135) and 497,001 deaths.

According to the media, the situation of the spread of coronavirus in Europe is improving, but getting worse in other places. This was announced on Monday at a briefing in Geneva by the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) Tedros Gebreyesus.

The WHO now asking people to avoid social gatherings and to follow other rules but these are not working. 

According to the Director-General recalled that within nine of the last 10 days in the world, more than 100 thousand new cases were registered daily. 

On Sunday, this number exceeded 136 thousand in one day. “Almost 75% of yesterday’s cases were in 10 states, mainly in America and South Asia,” he said. 

Tedros Adan Gebreyesus recalled that most African countries are still experiencing an increase in cases of COVID-19, the coronavirus-induced disease. 

"We also see a growing number of cases of COVID-19 in areas of Eastern Europe and Central Asia" said the head of the World Health Organization.

According to him, the main threat in these states is complacency. "We continue to call for active monitoring," he said, stressing that it is necessary to prevent the spread of infection, "especially during mass gatherings of various kinds, which begin to resume in many countries."

The Director-General also reported that the World Health Organization, the medical institution, will track the contacts of coronavirus-infected people with healthy people. 

The contact follow-up consultation to share technical and operational experiences, including innovations in digital technology,” he said.

The coronavirus has decimated the world, killing millions of people but not specifying the number of children, adults, babies or pensioners, whose lives have been snuffed from them by the deadly virus.

Sunday, June 21, 2020

If The Police Don't Kill An African-American, The Coronavirus Will

It is believed African-Americans faith in God has given them the strength to survive in racist-America

It is believed African-Americans faith in God has given them the strength to survive in racist-America 

Whenever epidemic breaks, it is often associated with many rumors and rules to comply. We were even told that Coronavirus kills only adults and those that do not comply with the rules of distancing and staying indoors. 


Despite the United States of America accounting for the best medical facilities and health personal, the country has registered over 2,330,578 coronavirus cases and so far the disease has killed 121,980 people.

However, the death of more African-Americans by the coronavirus demands a lot of questions. In a country that preaches about democracy yet ‘Black Lives Don’t Matter’ many think its a plan to reduce the population of African-Americans in the country.

Even though this might not be true, the high rate of black people being killed in the United States of America by racist police officers, with impunity, will definitely make people believe that the needs of African-Americans during this pandemic have been neglected.

In fact, the high number of African-Americans killed by the virus indicates that there is discrimination in the United States health system and the social inequalities that imply worse health conditions.

In Illinois, patients are 27.5% white and 29.4% black, while victims are 42% black and 37% white. A relative gap, except that African- Americans represent 13.8% of the population. 

In most of the cities, the high rate of the population killed by the coronavirus is African-Americans.

The reasons for these disparities are economic, social, and cultural reasons. African Americans, as well as members of other minorities, are among the groups that perform on average jobs and duties.

The Coronavirus has exposed the United States of America’s government. Decades after the abolition of slavery, the impact of racism in America is stronger than the hurricane.

Many Africa-Americans live in poverty, this is also one of the reasons the coronavirus has killed more black people than whites, especially, those with diabetes and respiratory problems.