COVID-19 has killed 1000’s and, as of March 25, 2020, has contaminated no less than 400,000 folks worldwide. And people figures are anticipated to develop within the coming months.
It began in December final 12 months, when instances of an uncommon pneumonia had been reported within the Chinese language metropolis of Wuhan. Most of these affected by the unknown virus appeared to have one thing in frequent. They had been working on the Huanan Seafood Market.
Because the Chinese language well being authorities had been making an attempt to determine the causes of the sickness, the numbers saved rising. On January 7, The World Well being Group introduced it had recognized the brand new virus. 4 days later, 41 folks had been identified in China and the primary dying was reported. By January 13, instances in different international locations began appearing. And the dying toll in China jumped from tens to tons of to 1000’s.
Within the coming weeks and months, governments worldwide took totally different measures to cease the outbreak of the coronavirus, however it was too late. On March 11, the WHO declared the outbreak a pandemic.
For a lot of, COVID-19 has modified the world as we all know it, from college closures to closing borders. The restrictions put in place to ease the consequences of the pandemic imply now we have to remain the place we’re.
So, is the world doing sufficient to beat this international well being disaster? And what is going to it take to win the battle in opposition to COVID-19?
Discover out as the chief director of the World Well being Group’s Well being Emergencies Programme, Dr Mike Ryan, talks to Al Jazeera.