Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation (WHO) tamped down hopes that the
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As the number of cases globally crossed 102,000 in 94 countries, with more than 3,500 people confirmed dead, the WHO urged all countries to make containing the spread a top priority. Slowing down the epidemic will allow hospitals to prepare themselves and buy time for scientists to do research, said its director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on Friday.
WHO’s head of emergencies programme, Dr Michael Ryan, said scientists did not know how the virus could react to different climatic conditions and had to assume it would have the capacity to spread. “It’s a false hope to say it will just disappear in the summer like influenza.” Some infectious disease experts had said that as viral respiratory diseases are seasonal, Covid-19 may peter out in the next few months.