All countries need to prepare to combat the deadly coronavirus, the World Health Organization said on Thursday, as authorities raced to contain the epidemic’s rapid global spread.
With new infections reported around the world now surpassing those in mainland China, World Health Organization (WHO) Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said even rich nations should prepare.
“No country should assume it won’t get cases, that would be a fatal mistake, quite literally,” Tedros said, pointing to Italy, where 17 people have died in Europe’s worst outbreak.
In addition to stockpiling medical supplies, governments ordered schools shut and canceled big gatherings, including sports events, to try to halt spread of the flu-like disease known as COVID-19 that emerged in central China more than two months ago from an illegal wildlife market.
The death rate appears to be around 2 percent, although it could be lower if there are many mild, undiagnosed cases, experts say.
By comparison, seasonal influenza has a case fatality rate of around 0.1%, said Anthony Fauci, Director of the U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, ahead of a meeting with Vice President Mike Pence, who has been put in charge of coordinating the U.S. response.
“So therefore you have somewhat of a serious potential for morbidity and mortality,” he said, adding, “We’re dealing with a serious virus.”
There is particular concern over a case in Japan in which a woman tested positive for the virus for a second time. Second positive tests have also been reported in China and could imply contracting the disease does not confer immunity.
Scientists warned that much remains unknown about this new virus.
The head of the WHO’s emergency program, Dr. Mike Ryan, said discussions were being held with organizers about the fate of the 2020 Olympics, scheduled for July in Tokyo, although no decision was expected soon.
Their cancellation or relocation would be a massive blow for Japan, which said it was closing its entire school system for the next month in a bid to prevent spread of the virus.
The virus has so far mainly battered China, causing nearly 80,000 infections and more than 2,700 deaths, according to WHO figures. It has spread to another 46 countries, where around 3,700 cases and 57 deaths have been reported.
“This virus has pandemic potential,” Tedros told reporters in Geneva. He said Iran, Italy and South Korea were at a “decisive point,” but still short of sustained community transmission.
Spooked by the impact on China, the heart of corporate supply chains, and the increasing effect on other countries, stocks sank deeper into the red on Thursday and oil prices fell. [MKTS/GLOB]
Global equity markets have dropped for six straight days, wiping out more than $3.6 trillion in value
Jeremy Farrar, a specialist in infectious disease epidemics and director of the Wellcome Trust global health charity, urged finance institutions to commit an initial $10 billion funds to fighting the virus.
“What we are really missing is tangible, high-level funding and support from global financial institutions,” he said in a statement. “The possible impact of this coronavirus is far beyond a health emergency – it’s a global crisis with potential to reach the scale of the global financial crisis of 2008.”
How Pastor Adeboye Son, Leke Adeboye Reacted After Loosing His Brother In Death
How Pastor Adeboye Son, Leke Adeboye Reacted After Loosing His Brother In Death—The Genius Media Nigeria reports that One of the sons of the General Overseer of the Redeemed Christian Church of God, Pastor Enoch Adeboye, Leke Adeboye, has reacted to the death of his brother, Pastor Dare Adeboye.
This reliable platform had earlier reported that Pastor Dare died at age forty-two without prior symptoms of sickness and was never on medication.
Dare who pastored one of the RCCG branches in Abuja was said to have officiated on Sunday and retired to his bed after church. He reportedly warned that he should not be disturbed during his rest.
According to the report, his wife, Temiloluwa Adeboye, noticed her husband’s unusual sleeping hours and could not reach him on phone. She reportedly raised the alarm and he was discovered dead.
Leke Adeboye in his reaction on his Facebook account posted a scripture from the bible on the death of the righteous.
He posted, “The righteous man perishes(at the hand of evil), and no one takes it to heart, Faithful and devout men are taken away, while no one understands. That the righteous person is taken away(to be spared) from evil and disaster.
Meanwhile, no official statement has been released by the family as of the time of filing this report.
Meet 80-Year Old Grandma And Grand-Daughter Arrested By NDLEA With 192KG Cocaine
Meet 80-Year Old Grandma And Grand-Daughter Arrested By NDLEA With 192KG Cocaine—-The Genius Media Nigeria reports that the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has arrested an 80-year-old woman, Mrs Mary Adebayo, alongside her 19-year-old grand daughter, Funmilola Adebayo, with 192 kg of assorted drugs in Akure, Ondo state.
NDLEA Director, Media and Advocacy, Mr Femi Babafemi, disclosed this in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Wednesday, in Abuja.
Babafemi said that two other ladies were also arrested along side the duo for selling assorted illicit drugs that included cocaine, heroin, methamphetamine, tramadol, swinol and skuchies.
He said that the arrest came after intelligence-based raids and follow up operations on their locations on Sunday, May 2, 2021.
The NDLEA director added that the 192 kgs of cocaine and other psychotropic substances were recovered from the suspects, as they were arrested at 6:30am, on Sunday, at Ayeyemi Street, Akure South Local Government Area.
“During the early morning raid, the following were recovered from them: Skuchies – 149kg, cocaine – 11gm, methamphetamine 17gm, heroin – 3 gm, cannabis sativa – 4.914kg, swinol – 8gm and tramadol – 49 gm. “Also recovered from them were two deep freezers and a TVS motorcycle
“On the same date, at about 1:30pm, a raid carried out at Rate Hotel, Care Street, in Akure South LGA, also led to the arrest of 25-year-old Tessy Mathew, from whom 33 kgs of skuchies were recovered,’’ he said.
According to him, following preliminary interrogation of Mathew, a follow up operation was immediately launched leading to the arrest of another 25-year-old, Blessing Adesida, in Oshinle area of the LGA, from whom 3kg of skuchies and 7gms of cannabis were recovered.
Babafemi quoted the acting NDLEA commander, Callys Alumona, as saying that other members of the two drug gangs had been on a watch list and efforts to arrest them were ongoing.
Fani kayode Sing Praises Of FG And Nigerian Army
Fani kayode Sing Praises Of FG And Nigerian Army—A former Minister of Aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode has commended the trio of Kaduna State Govt., the FG & the @HQNigerianArmy for the rescue of 13 kidnapped persons from evil & barbaric terrorists in Gwagwada, Chikun LGA of Kaduna.
I commend the Kaduna State Govt., the FG & the @HQNigerianArmy for the rescue of 13 kidnapped persons from evil & barbaric terrorists in Gwagwada, Chikun LGA of Kaduna state earlier today after a fierce gun battle.
Way to go! More of this! I am proud of being a Nigerian again.
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) May 5, 2021
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