(ETH) – The World Health Organization has just warned that the coronavirus pandemic will likely be “lengthy” after its emergency committee met to evaluate the crisis six months after sounding the international alarm.
According to Yahoo, The committee “highlighted the anticipated lengthy duration of this COVID-19 pandemic”, the WHO said in a statement, and warned of the risk of “response fatigue” given the socio-economic pressures on countries. Meanwhile, Dr. Debroah Birx is warning that the deadly coronavirus is more widespread than when it first took hold in the US earlier this year.
“What we are seeing today is different from March and April. It is extraordinarily widespread. It’s into the rural as equal urban areas,” Birx, the White House coronavirus task force coordinator, told CNN‘s Dana Bash on “State of the Union.”
In Britain, Millions of COVID-19 tests able to detect the virus within 90 minutes will be rolled out in hospitals, care homes, and laboratories to boost capacity in the coming months, the country’s health minister said on Monday.
They will comprise 5.8 million tests using DNA and 450,000 swab tests. Neither will need to be administered by a health professional, said Matt Hancock. “The fact these tests can detect flu, as well as COVID-19, will be hugely beneficial as we head into winter, so patients can follow the right advice to protect themselves and others,” he said.