COVID-19: WMO postpones meetings through to June

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By David Luganda (NECJOGHA)

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) has decided to postpone a series of events and meetings that were scheduled to take place from March through to June

According to the statement released on Thursday by WMO website it states;

In the light of the global spread and impact of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and mindful of the importance of taking mitigating measures against the virus, the WMO has decided to postpone a series of events and meetings.

 Among the events affected is the 23 March ceremony marking World Meteorological Day, as well as various technical and policy meetings in April and the 9 to 12 June session of the WMO Executive Council. These meetings are set to be rescheduled later in 2020.

 WMO is due to make alternative arrangements to ensure progress in the efficient implementation of its business and the work of its constituent bodies, which group the globe’s 193 National Meteorological and Hydrological Services.

 The statement further explains that the decision is in line with the precautionary approach adopted by other international organizations in the face of the serious global situation, and seeks to ensure the safety of staff and delegates.

According to the data as reported by national authorities by 10 AM CET 15 March 2020 in the World Health Organisation COVID-19 Situation Report – 55 , states globally 153 517 confirmed (10 982 new) 5735 deaths (343 new). And in China 81 048 confirmed (27 new) 3204 deaths (10 new) Outside of China 72 469 confirmed (10 955) 2531 deaths (333 new) 143 countries/territories/areas (09 new)

Countries, territories or areas with reported confirmed cases of COVID-19, 15 March 2020. Source: WHO COVID-19 Situation Report – 55

Facts about Coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

  • COVID-19 is an infectious disease caused by a new virus that had not been previously identified in humans.
  • The virus causes respiratory illness (like the flu) with symptoms such as a cough, fever and in more severe cases, pneumonia. You can protect yourself by washing your hands frequently and avoiding touching your face.
  • Diseases can make anyone sick regardless of their race or ethnicity. Fear and anxiety about COVID-19 can cause people to avoid or reject others even though they are not at risk for spreading the virus.
  • For most people, the immediate risk of becoming seriously ill from the virus that causes COVID-19 is thought to be low. Older adults and people of any age with underlying health conditions, such as diabetes, lung disease, or heart disease, are at greater risk of severe illness from COVID-19.
  • Someone who has completed quarantine or has been released from isolation does not pose a risk of infection to other people.

There are simple things you can do to help keep yourself and others healthy

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • You can help stop COVID-19 by knowing the signs and symptoms: Fever, Cough, Shortness of breath,
  • Seek medical advice if you Develop symptoms, If you have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19 or live in or have recently traveled from an area with ongoing spread of COVID-19. Call ahead before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room. Tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.

For up-to-date information, visit CDC’s coronavirus disease situation summary page.

 

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