WHO stresses need for aggressive tactics to cope with COVID-19, UK imposes lockdown
Updated: 2020-03-24 09:53:21 KST
As the total number of confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide surpassed the 373 thousand mark as of Tuesday, the World Health Organization has called for global political commitment to change the trajectory of the pandemic, urging countries to take both defensive and offensive measures.
"Asking people to stay at home and other physical distancing measures are an important way of slowing down the spread of the virus and buying time. But they are defensive measures that will not help us to win. To win we need to attack the virus with aggressive and targeted tactic."
As a result, more countries are taking sterner measures.
The UK, which saw nearly one thousand additional cases on Monday bringing the total to more than 6,600 prompted British Prime Minister Boris Johnson to announce a three-week-long national lockdown.
"From this evening I must give the British people a very simple instruction. you must stay at homeIf you don't follow the rules the police will have the powers to enforce them, including through fines and dispersing gatherings."
Under the lockdown, residents will only be allowed to head to the shop for basic necessities or medical purposes, and some, IF necessary could travel to and from work.
France, which is seeing its death toll near the 900 mark, is to tighten its lockdown, strictly limiting physical exercise and closing most open-air markets from Tuesday.
Germany, with some 30 thousand confirmed cases, signed off a package worth 808 billion U.S. dollars to cushion the fallout from the pandemic, with Berlin planning to take on new debt for the first time since 2013.
The number of cases in the United States is surging rapidly, with some 7 thousand new cases on Monday.
The country now has more than 40 thousand cases and at least 500 deaths.
The situation in Spain has claimed some 2,200 lives and infected more than 33,000.
Italy continues to be the hardest hit with more than 600 additional deaths reported Monday local time, raising the death toll to at least 6,000.
The confirmed cases in the country has now surpassed 63 thousand.
China, the epicenter of the outbreak, reported a drop in its daily tally of new cases, announcing just 39 new confirmed cases on Monday, all of them of imported cases.
Kim Mok-yeon, Arirang News.