- WHO officials said the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Iran, where health officials confirmed 18 new cases and 4 deaths in just two days, is “very worrisome.”
- “This outbreak could still go in any direction,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general.
The CNBC reported that the World health officials said Friday the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Iran, where health officials confirmed 18 new cases and four deaths in just two days, is “very worrisome.”
Earlier in the day, Iran confirmed 13 new coronavirus cases, bringing its total in the country to 18. Seven people with the flu-like virus were diagnosed in Qom, four people in Tehran and two in Gilan.
The small outbreak in Iran has been linked to a case in Canada and another infection of a 45-year-old woman in Lebanon after those patients traveled to the Middle East nation.
“The cases that we see in the rest of the world,[i.e. Iran] although the numbers are small, but not linked to Wuhan or China, it’s very worrisome,” Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the World Health Organization, said Friday at a news conference at the agency’s headquarters in Geneva. “These dots are actually very concerning.”
Health officials are receiving information about the patients in Iran, but “we have to engage them even more,” Tedros said.
World health officials still have a chance to contain the virus, he said, but it’s getting less likely by the day.
“The window of opportunity is still there, but our window of opportunity is narrowing,” he said. “We need to act quickly before it closes completely.” He also cautioned: “This outbreak could still go in any direction.”
Iran’s health-care system has the “basic capacity” to detect and contain the coronavirus, said Dr. Jaouad Mahjour, assistant director of emergency preparedness at WHO. World health officials said they remain concerned about the potential spread of the virus to countries with weaker health systems.
Outside of China, there are 1,152 cases across 26 countries, including eight deaths, Tedros said.
World health officials have said the respiratory disease is capable of spreading through human-to-human contact, droplets carried through sneezing and coughing and germs left on inanimate objects.
There are no proven therapies for the new virus.x`
Preliminary results from two clinical trials testing potential treatments for COVID-19 are expected in three weeks, Tedros said on Thursday. One trial combines HIV drugs lopinavir and ritonavir, while the other is testing U.S.-based biotech Gilead Sciences’ antiviral remdesivir.
Local authorities in China have been using remdesivir, which was tested as a possible treatment during the Ebola outbreak, to fight infections. Some authorities are also using antiviral drug Kaletra, a combination of lopinavir and ritonavir, on a compassionate basis.
Iranian strain of coronavirus a “morphed” version of the one in Wuhan
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 by: Ethan Huff
During a recent segment on the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19),a CNBC commentator explained that the strain currently circulating in Iran is different than the one that originated in Wuhan.
A clip of the segment that was shared to Twitter by Disclose.tv shows the commentator explaining how the situation has changed now that the novel disease appears to be mutating.
“At the end of the day, we don’t have any solutions, we don’t have any cures, we don’t have any vaccines. And this virus is morphing,” he’s heard stating.
“There’s a report out today that the coronavirus cases found in Iran are a different strain, and they did not come out of China. So, that can be troubling if that proves to be true.”
Some of the latest reports out of Iran reveal that schools are closing, hospitals are filling up, and chemicals are being sprayed in subways as the number of cases in the Middle Eastern country skyrocket.
As it turns out, the earliest known cases in Iran of this particular strain of the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) were in people that hadn’t even travelled to China, suggesting that it started some other way that authorities have yet to determine.
According to reports, the Iranian government has designated at least 230 hospitals across the country as treatment centersfor the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19). There are also 14 provinces where all cultural events, including soccer matches, have been put on hiatus.
“In every city, one hospital will be dedicated to treating coronavirus cases,” stated Iranian Health Minister Saeed Namaki, adding that there would be more designated hospitals in the larger cities.
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If more infections emerge, entire city of Tehran with nine million people will be locked down
The city of Tehran, Iran’s capital, is also starting to look like Wuhan with mass transit shutting down and disinfecting teams roving the city spraying chemicals. And if the situation gets any worse with more new cases, officials say they plan to shut Tehran down completely, putting about nine million people under mandatory quarantine.
As of this writing, the number of coronavirus infections in Iran has breached 60, with at least 12 deaths.However, one lawmaker from the city of Qom told the media that at least 50 people have died from the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) in that city alone.
“The rest of the media have not published this figure, but we prefer not to censor what concerns the coronavirus because people’s lives are in danger,” reported the semi-official news outlet ILNA.
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The Iranian government, meanwhile, has rejected this figure. Health Minister Iraj Harirchi announced on state television that this claim of at least 50 deaths in Qom is “categorically” false.
Pakistan, Turkey, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Kuwait, meanwhile, all of which border Iran, have shut down either all or some of their crossing points with the country in an effort to keep the disease from spreading outside its borders.
“If a virus mutates then there is no possible way to develop a vaccine,” wrote one Twitter user in response to the news that the Iranian variety of the Wuhan coronavirus (CoVid-19) is different than the one spreading in Wuhan. “Nice knowing all of you…”
“I personally think there is more to it,” wrote another. “No one at all is talking about how some blood groups are going to be more susceptible to it. I have done a ton of research and can tell you for a fact that some blood types are more susceptible to, for instance, HIV virus and others.”