As Coronavirus Spreads To Europe, How Prepared Is WHO, Nigeria And Africa ?

The Oasis Reporters

February 28, 2020

Nigeria’s Medical Consultants Commence A Strike Action

The Coronavirus pandemic that started from a market in Wuhan, China has now spread to Europe as France reports death of first national
CNN reports that the death toll from the coronavirus is over 2,700 worldwide, with the vast majority in mainland China. There have been more than 80,000 global cases.

Outside of China: South Korea now has more than 1,260 cases, including a US soldier stationed in the country. Europe’s biggest outbreak is in Italy, where more than 320 have been infected, while Iran has reported more than 90 cases and 15 deaths.

How prepared is the world for a pandemic ?

World Health Organization officials and US experts say it’s still too early to declare the novel coronavirus a pandemic — but now is the time to prepare.

Television images have shown long lines of cars waiting for hours to enter the military base Camp Humphreys in South Korea, reports Paula Hancocks and Isaac Yee of the Cable News Network, CNN.

Military personnel will be prohibited from participating in “non-essential activities for entertainment,” which includes dining in restaurants, bars, clubs or movie theaters, said Garrison Commander Michael F. Tremblay on Wednesday and military personnel are also asked to “stay away from gatherings larger than 20 people.”

Only mission-essential staff will be on base tomorrow.

It took just two months for the novel coronavirus that began in December in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, Hubei province to go global. Now, it’s reached 40 other countries and territories, and is spreading in Europe and the Middle East.

Take a look at how we got here:
December 8: First patient develops symptoms of coronavirus in Wuhan.
December 31: Earliest cases of virus reported to World Health Organization (WHO).
January 1: Seafood and wildlife market in Wuhan, where the outbreak is believed to have originated, is closed for disinfection.
January 7: Chinese authorities confirm they have identified the virus as a novel coronavirus.
January 9: First person dies of the virus, though his death wasn’t announced until January 11.
January 13: Thailand reports its first case — a Chinese national who had arrived from Wuhan.
January 16: Japan confirms its first case.
January 21: The United States confirms its first case.
January 23: Wuhan and several other cities are placed on lockdown, and Lunar New Year celebrations are canceled across China. WHO says virus is not yet a public health emergency of international concern.
January 28: Death toll tops 100. The number of confirmed cases in mainland China overtakes the deadly 2003 severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak.
January 30: WHO declares a public health emergency of international concern.

February 2: A Chinese man dies in the Philippines — the first coronavirus death outside China.
February 4: The Diamond Princess cruise ship is docked under quarantine in Japan’s Yokohama Bay with more than 3,700 people on board.
February 6: Death toll tops 500 globally.
February 7: Chinese whistleblower doctor Li Wenliang, who was targeted by Wuhan police, dies of the coronavirus. Chinese social media is flooded with grief, anger, and calls for freedom of speech.
February 8: The US Embassy in Beijing confirms that a US national died in Wuhan on February 6, marking the first confirmed death of a non-Chinese national.
February 11: Death toll tops 1,000 globally. The WHO names the coronavirus Covid-19.
February 15: The first coronavirus death in Europe is confirmed.

February 17: American passengers on the Diamond Princess are evacuated out of Japan.
February 20: Death toll tops 2,000 globally.
February 23: Cases in South Korea surge past 600 after several hundred new infections were reported in 48 hours, with more than half the cases linked to a branch of a religious group. Italy also sees a spike — cases rise from three to 152 over the same weekend.

February 26, 2020
South Korea is using an app to track travelers entering the country as the government also rolls out a new phone app, which requires travelers entering the country to self-diagnose themselves and report any possible symptoms.

Meanwhile in Africa’s largest nation, Nigeria, social media groups are calling for intensive prayers because most medical facilities in the country are comatose. The Country’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, a retired army Major General who first shot himself to power 37 years ago by decrying the fact that Nigeria’s hospitals were “mere consulting clinics” is back again in power as a civilian president for a second four year term that started in 2019. Said to be in his late seventies, President Buhari does not treat himself in Nigeria’s hospitals, preferring to go to London in the United Kingdom, where he is tagged as London’s Most Frequent Visitor.

Currently, Consultants in Nigeria’s Teaching Hospitals have declared a strike action through its Medical union.

When an outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus broke out in the West African States of Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea etc before entering Nigeria under the former Nigerian president, Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Nigeria’s first president with a PhD, the virus was rapidly contained, such that the USA and other Western countries came to understudy Nigeria’s methodology as they got superlative praise.

Today it is different.

But Nigeria prays.

Additional Reporting: CNN

Greg Abolo

Blogger at The Oasis Reporters.

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