Expect 'lengthy' coronavirus pandemic WHO warns

Youth hang out outside a restaurant in Stockholm Sweden Wednesday

The committee can propose new recommendations or amend existing ones.

The World Health Organization (WHO) on Thursday said spike in coronavirus cases in some countries were being driven by young people "letting down their guard".

The WHO's Covid-19 technical lead Maria Van Kerkhove said on Thursday that the organisation had reacted immediately to the first signs of the pandemic, mobilising its forces to act and inform.

The panel gathered Friday for the fourth time over the coronavirus crisis, half a year on from its January 30 declaration of a public health emergency of global concern (PHEIC) - the WHO's highest level of alarm.

The WHO chief highlighted the changing situation regarding the pandemic, as various countries continue to report a resurgence in new infections.

The agency noted that while young people's mortality rate is generally low to the virus, they still may suffer from long-term symptoms even after they recover.

He also asks that points such as "the modes of transmission [du virus], its potential mutations, immunity and correlates of protection" be clarified.


After a full discussion and review of the evidence, the Committee unanimously agreed that the outbreak still constitutes a public health emergency of worldwide concern (PHEIC) and offered this advice to Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general.

The committee meeting, which lasted six hours, took place at World Health Organization headquarters in Geneva, with some participants linked by video.

"This pandemic is a health crisis such as we see only one per century and its effects will be felt for decades to come", declared Friday the Director General of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The committee will meet again within three months. - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on March 23, 2020 announced a 21-day national lockdown to start later this week to contain the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus which has affected more than 400 people and ordered the military to enforce the ban.

"A lot of scientific queries have been solved numerous stay to be answered", Tedros claimed.

"Early arises from serology (antibody) research studies are painting a constant image: most of the ..."

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