No need to halt travel to beat coronavirus: WHO Chief
WHO chief says there was no need for measures that "unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade".
The death toll in China has increased to 361 and more than 17,300 people have been reported to be infected by coronavirus. China's National Health Commission mentions about 2,829 new cases of coronavirus and 57 cases of death on Sunday. The virus has spread to more than 20 countires and travel ban has been issued by both airline companies and different countries.
But, World Health Organization chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus says there was no need for measures that "unnecessarily interfere with international travel and trade" in trying to halt the spread of a coronavirus that has killed 361 people in China.
Q: Are there any specific medicines to prevent or treat the new #coronavirus (2019-nCoV)?— World Health Organization (WHO) (@WHO) January 27, 2020
A: To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the virus.
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"We call on all countries to implement decisions that are evidence-based and consistent," he told the WHO executive board, reiterating his earlier message. "... global connectiveness is a weakness in this outbreak but it is also our greatest strength."
India recently cancelled all e-visas of Chinese and foreign travellers to India. The US, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Japan, South Korea and Singapore have denied entry to all foreign visitors who have recently been to China or visited Hubei province. Egypt, Finland, Indonesia, the UK, and Italy have temporarily suspended all flights to mainland China.
Also, India reported the third case of coronavirus in Kerela on Monday. The first two coronavirus cases were also reported in Kerala. All three students infected from the virus returned from Wuhan last month.
WHO advises people of all ages to take steps to protect themselves from the virus, for example by following good hand hygiene and good respiratory hygiene. The new coronavirus is a virus and, therefore, antibiotics should not be used as a means of prevention or treatment.
However, if you are hospitalized for the 2019-nCoV, you may receive antibiotics because bacterial co-infection is possible. To date, there is no specific medicine recommended to prevent or treat the new coronavirus.
Those infected with the virus should receive appropriate care to relieve and treat symptoms, and those with severe illness should receive optimized supportive care.