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  • Two That good afternoon again.

  • Now we have everyone sitting here on Welcome Thio, another daily press briefing from the course of the World Health Organization.

  • Today's the first day off the 2019 novel coronavirus global research and innovation for so beside our usual guests.

  • Dr.

  • Tadros, Lab Director General Yang is our director for Global Infectious.

  • As a preparedness on my crying, who is double checks up to director for health emergency programs.

  • We also have Dr Marry Corky that you may remember very well because she was with w show for many years she was a court share off the forum.

  • And we also have Dr Samia Swaminathan, who is a W chief scientist before giving before to Doctor.

  • That was just to remind everyone that we will have a We will have an audio file and transferred from this press conference.

  • Journalists joining us online If you are on line, please click on raise hand on your screen if you wanna be put in a queue for questions.

  • For those who are dialing in by phone, please type star nine.

  • And you will be putting a cure for questions for those in the rumor.

  • Very well.

  • Welcome.

  • There are many new faces that we're seeing for the first time in w show.

  • So hope you will have a good time with us and again to remind everyone please, one question for a journalist.

  • So we give opportunity to as many as we can.

  • And with that, I give a for medically doctor.

  • Thank you.

  • Thank you, Terry.

  • And good afternoon.

  • And we're off course.

  • We have many colleagues from media based in Geneva, but we see more today, and I understand this is because off the conference, we're well, we're hosting.

  • Thank you so much for your interest and welcome everybody.

  • Before I update you on the Corona virus outbreak, I would like to start with a few words about Ebola because, you know, we have two fronts now.

  • Although the world is now focused on Corona virus, we cannot and must not forget Ebola.

  • We're very encouraged by the current trend.

  • There have only been three cases in the past week and no cases in the past three days days, but until we have no cases for 42 days, it's not over.

  • As you know, any single case could reignite the epidemic, and the security situation in eastern DRC remains extremely fragile.

  • So we take the progress on Ebola with with caution, although it's a big success and we're in still full response.

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  • Yesterday alone, we had 5400 alerts.

  • That's what investigated.

  • Almost 300 samples were analysed.

  • More than 700 people were vaccinated and almost 2000 contacts were followed.

  • So still, it's a massive response.

  • And tomorrow the emergency committee for Ebola will meet to assess whether the Ebola outbreak in the RC continues to constitute a public ALS emergency off international concern.

  • So you will have more news tomorrow on Ebola, regardless off their recommendation or the easiest recommendation the world needs to continue to find the Ebola response.

  • Taking our foot off the accelerator now could be a father mystic, quite literally.

  • On Thursday, I will travel to Kinshasa for me.

  • Things with the president off the RC and other senior ministers to look beyond Ebola and sketch are ways to strengthen the our Ci's hell system, and I would like to use this opportunity toe.

  • Appreciate the government's leadership.

  • The current status off Ebola would not have been reached without the strong leadership by the government of the arson, the president president, because see Cassidy himself now to cut on a bias.

  • First of all, we now have a name for the business on Dhe.

  • It is Corbett 19 and I will spell it.

  • See all the I.

  • D hyphen 19 co c all standards for corners.

  • You know, the I stands for virus D for business or cove.

  • It under agreed guidelines between Dudley Joe, the world work, the World Health Organization, the World Organization for Animal Health and the Food and Agriculture Organization means W H O I.

  • E and foul off the United Nations.

  • We had to find a name that did not refer to a geographical location, and I need money on and on individual or group off people and which is also pronouncing him on related for the disease.

  • Having a name matters too prevalent.

  • They use off other names that can be inaccurate for stigmatizing.

  • It also gives us a standard four month to use for any future coronavirus outbreaks and now to the corner Nevada situation as off six AM Jenna about time this morning, there were 42,708 confirmed cases reported in China, and tragically, we have enough surpassed 1000 days.

  • 1017 people in China have lost their lives to this virus.

  • Most of the cases and most off it is in Kobe Province outside China.

  • There are 393 cases in 24 countries and one death.

  • Last week, I told you that we had engaged double agents, network off country representatives as well as the United Nations resident coordinators in countries to brief them on the outbreak and inform them about the steps they can take.

  • I also briefed Secretary General Antonio Gutierrez and we are agreed to leverage the power off the entire U.

  • N system in the response.

  • Today, we have also activated a U.

  • N crisis management team to be led by my general Doctor.

  • My cram.

  • This will help double edge of focus on the hell's response, while the other agencies can bring their expertise to bear on the wider social, economic and level of mental implications off the outbreak so we're all working for our sayings.

  • So my will be the chief still continue to be like chief Emergency, and we'll also coordinate the whole U.

  • N.

  • Response.

  • As you know, today and tomorrow, W.

  • H O is hosting a meeting off more than 400 scientists from around the world, both in person and virtually.

  • The main outcome we expect from this meeting is not immediate answers to every question that we have.

  • The main outcome is on agreed Rodman on what questions we need tow us and how we will go about unsettling those questions.

  • This is exactly what does nature is fourth, bringing the world together to coordinate the response.

  • That's the essence off multilateralism, which is very important for the world.

  • And the research road map is also important for organizations that fund research to have a clear sense of what the public health priorities are so they can make investments that deliver the biggest public ALS impact with the development off.

  • Vaccines and therapeutics is one important part off the research agenda, but it's not only one part they will take time to develop, but in the meantime, we're not defenseless.

  • There are many basic public ALS interventions that are available to us now and which can prevent infections now.

  • For instance, the first vaccine could be ready in 18 months.

  • So we have to do everything today using the available weapon to fight this virus while preparing for the long term using the preparation for the boxing's.

  • That's why we have sent supplies to countries to diagnose and treat patients and protect health workers.

  • We have advice countries on how to prevent the spread of disease and care for those who are sick.

  • We're strengthening the lab capacity all over the world.

  • We're training thousands off health workers, and we're keeping the public informed about what everyone can do to protect their own health and that off others.

  • It's when each and every individual becomes part off the prevention and control the containment strategy that we can succeed.

  • So that's why reaching out to the public directly and telling the public the kind of precautions they need to take this could be claimed.

  • Clean your hands regularly, either with uncle based drug or soap and water.

  • Keep your distance from someone who is coughing or sneezing, and when you calf or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your elbow.

  • It's also important to remember that while we need investment in research and development, we also need investment in stopping this outbreak now.

  • Last week, that joke issued a call for $675 million which is what the world needs to support preparedness and response operations in countries.

  • We turned those countries that have contributed so far, and we call on all those who haven't to contribute urgently.

  • There are many positive signals in terms of funding, and we hope all these positive signals will matter.

  • Realize if we invest now in rational and evidence based interventions, we have a realistic chance off stopping this outbreak.

  • We have a window of opportunity.

  • Maybe you have your tired off me saying Window of opportunity.

  • But there is a window of opportunity.

  • If you see the number of cases in China and the rest of the world, it's not even compatible.

  • More than 40,000 in China, while in the rest of the world it's only in the three hundreds and only one this.

  • You strike hard when the opportunity is there, when the window of opportunity is there So that's what we're saying to the rest of the world.

  • Let's be serious in using the window of opportunity we have.

  • We shouldn't lose this opportunity.

  • If we lose, we will regret it.

  • And the opportunity was created because of the serious measures that China is taking in Wuhan and the other affected provinces.

  • That is slowing the spread of the virus to the rest off the world.

  • But I don't think this status can stay the same for room.

  • That's why we have to use the current window of opportunity to hit hard and standing in unison to fight this virus in every corner.

  • If we don't, we could have five more cases and fun hired hostess one out hands and I don't think anybody would step.

  • This is a common enemy and we have to fight it using this window of opportunity and fight it hard.

  • I thank you.

  • Thank you very much.

  • Ed up the dangerous for these opening remarks.

  • So just to remind you, some colleagues here, including my calling journalists friends, were asking me Where is Maria?

  • I didn't know Marie.

  • I saw popular So Maria Bancaire Kobe is part off the expertise and she is in Beijing and she's well, if you're worried, so you will see her.

  • Actually, it's name on Dhe, just for your information.

  • So she's with Bruce in Beijing and hopefully she's listening, as Berman had had had said.

  • But I'm very happy to see the respect you have for her.

  • And I'm glad that, you know, I have a very strong team, which I'm really proud.

  • They're working day and night 24 7 round the clock, under stress, but really going with commitment and saying that we will not rest until this outbreak is over.

  • So Maria is one off them.

  • And thank you so much for reminding me too.

  • As for asking me where that whereabouts is.

  • Thank you.

  • Take a magic detectors and greetings to Dr Rankin was listening to us before we start taking questions from the floor again to remind the journalist online Thio click reigns star nine.

  • So we will start with the questions here while gentle just in front of me than Christian.

  • And then we will go in the side.

  • Please introduce yourself on Del put you're working for.

  • And please, one short question.

  • Thank you.

  • Okay.

  • Young, with our news agency.

  • As Dr Charge was mentioned, the entire human system is willing to help.

  • So could you give us a few examples on what the other agencies in the U.

  • N can contribute to the control and prevention off the outbreak?

  • Thank you so much.

  • Yes, we have many sister agencies 20 to use this.

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  • Okay.

  • Okay, way.

  • Have many important sister agencies in the United Nations system, many of whom need good information in order to manage their day to day operations in business continuity.

  • So our humanitarian partners peacekeeping partners need to understand.

  • The virus, like every other global business operation, needs to understand what's happening with the virus.

  • But there are many of our U.

  • N.

  • Agencies like the International Maritime Organization, the International Aviation Organization, who also can contribute huge amounts of information to our understanding, and equally we work closely with them.

  • We have agencies like UNICEF who are very important in risk communications and social stabilization, and working in education, in schools and and in the health care system, and on infection prevention and control.

  • And we work very closely with our colleagues in Eunice.

  • If there are the agencies who work on humanitarian response, and they obviously have a duty of care to refugees and two others.

  • And they need our imports in terms of best practice for themselves on.

  • We have the financial institutions like the World Bank, who were in a very strong position to look at the financial implications and shocked associated with this and look a means of mitigating those those impacts.

  • So the idea here is to bring together the U.

  • N System under the leadership of the SG with the director general to ensure that the work W.

  • H O is doing is feeding into the U.

  • N.

  • System in terms of its own business, but equally that the U.

  • N agencies who can contribute to the overall global effort are doing so.

  • And in particular, I make reference to the our resident coordinators in country for the U.

  • N.

  • System who integrate all of the U.

  • N.

  • Operations in country.

  • Many countries with weaker health systems may also have weaknesses and their economies and other potential shocks that might arise.

  • So working our country representatives will be angels.

  • Country representatives are working very, very closely with the resident coordinators of the U.

  • N system on that.

  • We intend to continue doing that.

  • In effect, have had live scan teleconferences with all resident coordinators in the world.

  • I think a couple of days ago, we brought them all together last week.

  • So I think that's the nature of the crisis management team operation.

  • And this will be a joint operation between the United Nations Office for Crisis Coordination in New York on our strategic strategic out operations center here at W.

  • Rachel in Geneva.

  • Given much Christian for journalists, please, President, use the mike.

  • Yes.

  • Hello.

  • This is Cristiana with the German Press Agency.

  • And it's a question for Dr Ted Rose.

  • There are reports today that the National Health Commission in China has changed the reporting rules off cases meaning that people who are confirmed to be infected with the virus but do not show symptoms are not being counted in the statistics.

  • Have you heard about that?

  • And what is your response?

  • I don't have that information, but we have regular communication with them.

  • So we will check that and we have also people on the ground.

  • So we will check and get back to you.

  • Thank you.

  • Yes, please.

  • Here and Then we will take a couple more questions from room here because we have all dreams will travel to Geneva so we'll give little bit off a priority to them.

  • Yes, please go ahead.

  • Has to be Yes.

  • Okay, I think it's Eric.

  • Good afternoon, Shing from Xinhua News Agency We've learned that there are also Chinese researchers attending today's forum in the virtual way.

  • So to what extent made the experience of China's health workers and front line and the collecting and sharing of data by the Chinese researcher helped design the road map of this research.

  • Thank you.

  • You have first hand experience and a lot of experience and surely they will help.

  • And not only that, they will significantly shape the road, but I will ask my other colleagues answer to to comment comment on this.

  • But we expect from them just to Adam.

  • We were very fortunate this morning to have both Dr Jordan cow on Doctor who from China CDC connected online and they presented the data, particularly the research that has already been initiated in China and we also have participants are going to stay with us throughout the two days, and it's essential that were involved in every aspect off the planning of the research.

  • Since most of the cases are in China now, so it could be critical for Chinese scientists and doctors and researchers to be involved.

  • You want something well, also to say that there have been a lot of preparation from a W two couldn't for his forearm and that Timothy Group have met virtually military conferences and as much as possible as much as they were available because they have things to deal with right now.

  • But the Chinese scientists have been involved in this discussion, and we certainly hope that they will continue to be engaged in in drafting in setting this this road map.

  • We also have had the opportunity tohave vaccine manufacturers from China participate in today's meeting, and he has more information on the question You ask, So please yes way.

  • Ask our about the changes of definition on.

  • Indeed, it's normal to adapt the case definition to the reality so recently they have done.

  • The fourth adaptation to include a mild case isn't symptomatic cases, and so if a symptomatic cases become positive ATT laboratory testing, then they include them into the confirmed cases number.

  • And so they have indeed a broadened case definition because before the testing was only done on, people were hospitalized or attending some medical attention, getting medical attention.

  • But now, because they're following contacts, apparently they have also included some symptomatic people.

  • They are folded up, persisting automatic because into contactless.

  • Yeah, mild symptomatic actually is a good idea.

  • It's good.

  • It's good that they did that for clarifying this.

  • Now let's take few more from the rumor.

  • Let's try.

  • Our colleagues will travel to Geneva to be with us here, so I'll start with a tour guide and Tom Jones, please Donald.

  • Formal terrible years in London.

  • There have been reports of the Chinese National and Burkina Fasso who's been tested for Corona virus on Dhe.

  • As we speak, we're told that there is a Chinese China Embassy, W, H O and Bikini FSO.

  • Ministry of Health Press conference.

  • Can you tell us anything about what would be the first reported case in Africa so way don't have that information way?

  • Had some suspected cases in three or four countries which were all negative.

  • But the Burkina Faso is something Lee.