The coronavirus continues to spread and the World Health Organization (WHO) announced on Friday that the «world is facing a chronic shortage of personal protective equipment» such as masks, gloves, respirators and robes to combat coronavirus infection, which has led to rising prices.»
During a press conference to update the global situation of the disease, he reported that cases have increased to 31,000,211 and 637 deaths in China, while in 24 other countries there are 270 confirmed cases and one death so far.
Read: Diagnose a baby with coronavirus one day after birth
WHO noted that stocks of personal protective equipment, necessary to care for coronavirus patients, are in demand «up to 100 times higher than normal» and called for the material to be used in cases.
WHO Director Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the necessary material is widely used and inappropriately used outside of patient care, causing «severe disruption in the personal protective equipment market» as «demand is up to 100 times higher than normal and prices are up to 20 times higher.»
He called to ensure that the necessary material reaches «the people who need it most, in the places that need it most,» including the infected and workers who are helping to recover.
Read more: At least 10 passengers of japan-stranded cruiser are infected with coronavirus
«WHO discourages the storage of personal protective equipment (PPE) in countries and areas where transmission is low […] we call on countries and businesses to ensure the fair and rational use of supplies and market rebalancing,» Tedros said at conference.
This alert about the demand for the necessary material had already been expressed earlier this Friday at a conference where he said there was a «chronic shortage» in the world of the equipment needed to deal with the recovery of the infected.
With information from Notimex
What we do in Animal Político requires professional journalists, teamwork, dialogue with readers and something very important: independence. You can help us keep going. Be part of the team.
Subscribe to Animal Politician, receive benefits and support free journalism.#YoSoyAnimal