UNITED NATIONS (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — UN Deputy Secretary General for Humanitarian Affairs Mark Lowcock has allocated $ 15 million from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund to combat the spread of coronavirus, the organization said.
“Today, the head of the UN humanitarian department, Mark Lowcock, has allocated $ 15 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund to help fund global efforts to contain the COVID-19 virus,” it was reported.
The decision was voiced against the background of the WHO decision to increase the global risk of coronavirus outbreaks to “very high”, which is the highest level. As noted in the UN, WHO said that it is still possible to contain the virus in the event of a break in the transmission chain.
“The sudden increase in the number of cases in Italy, the Islamic Republic of Iran and the Republic of Korea is of deep concern,” the UN said.
It also states that UN funds were transferred to WHO and UNICEF. Funds are expected to be allocated to key activities, including monitoring the spread of the virus, investigating cases of the disease, and funding laboratory work.
Earlier, WHO published a special plan for the preparedness and response to the spread of the disease, which called on the international community to send $ 675 million to support countries “especially the most vulnerable”.
“We do not yet see evidence that the virus spreads freely. While this is the case, we still have a chance to restrain it. However, quick and decisive measures must be taken to detect cases early, isolate and care for patients, and track contacts “We must act now so that this virus does not put more lives at risk,” said Lowcock.
“This grant from the UN Central Emergency Response Fund will help countries with fragile health care systems improve the efficiency of their detection (contagion – ed.) And response operations,” he added.
On December 31, 2019, the Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization (WHO) about an outbreak of unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan in the central part of the country (Hubei Province).
Experts have identified the causative agent of the disease – this is a new coronavirus. WHO recognized the outbreak as an emergency of international importance and gave the disease its official name – COVID-19.
The number of infected in mainland China exceeded 79.8 thousand people, 2870 died, over 41.6 thousand were cured. Cases of infection outside the PRC were recorded, according to the latest WHO data, in 53 countries, the number of infected people exceeded 6 thousand, 86 people died.
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