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China Virus: 'Multi-Organ Failure' Kills Coronavirus Patients, WHO Says

The World Health Organization said Friday that deaths from a China virus outbreak stood at 637 with 31,211 confirmed cases in China. #ChinaVirus #Coronavirus #CoronavirusOutbreak #LiWenliang #Wuhan #China

Outside China there are 270 cases in 24 countries with 1 death, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a news conference in Geneva on Friday.

Ghebreyesus said that for the last two days there had been fewer new infections reported in China but cautioned “against reading too much into that,” saying the numbers could go up again.

Health workers were meanwhile faced with shortages in protective equipment.

Ghebreyesus said the increased pressure for equipment including gowns, gloves and masks led the agency to send supplies of such protective gear to countries in every region.

Ghebreyesus said demand was 200 times higher than normal and prices were up to 20 times higher.

“This situation has been exacerbated by widespread inappropriate use of PPE outside patient care,” he explained, calling it a moral issue where some were trying to profit from a global health emergency.

“As a result there are now depleted stockpiles and backlogs of four to six months,” he added, warning that global stocks of masks and respirators were now insufficient to meet the needs of WHO and its partners.

He added WHO was now working with private and public partners to try to manage the supply.

WHO estimates that global frontline health emergency responders will require approximately 7 to 10 percent of market capacity and the percentage may be higher for other critical supplies, the WHO Director-General underlined.

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