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COVID-19 outbreak stabilizing in China –WHO

By Aaron Recuenco

Cases of new infections from the Corona Virus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) appear to be stabilizing in China over the past week, the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday.

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus warned that confirmed cases of coronavirus being transmitted by people who have never travelled to China could be the 'tip of the iceberg' (AFP Photo/Fabrice COFFRINI)

WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus  (AFP Photo/Fabrice COFFRINI/FILE)

Even outside China, WHO officials stated that the figure from various countries which earlier reported infection has not changed that much since February 4.

Of the 48 new cases reported on Thursday, WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said 40 of them were on board a cruise ship currently quarantined in Yokohama, Japan.

But Ghebreyesus warned of relying much on data interpretation, saying unexpected things could still happen.

“That (COVID-19 figures) must be interpreted with extreme caution. This outbreak could still go in any direction,” said Ghebreyesus in a press briefing.

Based on the latest data (6 a.m. Geneva time), a total of 44,730 cases were reported in China since the outbreak began. A total of 1,114 deaths were also recorded.

Outside China, a total of 441 cases from 24 countries were reported with one death in the Philippines which is among the three confirmed cases in the country.

In the Philippines, the Department of Health earlier reported that of the 382 Persons Under Investigation (PUI), 196 individuals tested negative and were already cleared.

The rest are still waiting for the results of the laboratory tests.

Ghebreyesus said that amid the slowing down of the COVID-19 infection, it is the stigma that comes with it that causes harm.

“Outbreaks can bring out the best and worst in people. Stigmatizing individuals or entire nations does nothing but harm the response,” said Ghebreyesus.

“Instead of directing all our energy against the outbreak, stigma diverts our attention and turns people against each other. I will say it again: this is a time for solidarity, not stigma,” he added.

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