By Elizabeth Chukwuma
It is no longer news that the Coronavirus disease which had emerged from the Wuhan town in the Hebei Province of the Peoples Republic of China which was first reported to the World Health Organisation, WHO, on December 31, 2019, may have been a fallout of the trade war between the Asian country and the United states over the last two years.
Many had seen the COVID 19, as a biological war between the two technologically advanced countries. Experts had described the Biological war as a capacity by a country to use B WAs- pathogens or poison, as weapons of war. The Biological Specialists had observed that microscopic organisms, viruses, rickettiae and growths are the primary sorts of the BWAs.
Given out information about the BWAs, the experts had said that the weapons are recognized by living beings, that imitate inside their host unfortunate casualties, who at that point had become” infectious with a destructive, if debilitating and multiplier impact”. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention, was said to have recorded 35 operators as potential Bio-weapons.
The Category A, according to the scientists had the most elevated potential for” spread and death rates” while the Category B are less harmful. They averred that the category A represents the most serious hazard to national security just as causing open enormous dread and interruption of economic activities. This may have informed why the world economy had been on a lockdown since the outbreak of the disease last January as it had become a global disease.
Going by the WHO report, on April 1, 2020, the number of the officially confirmed victims of the Coronavirus in 203 countries including the 40 in the African Continent had risen to 862,776 and 43,275 deaths . Funny enough the number of the victims and casualties in the US and the European countries of Italy, France, Spain, and Germany, had surpassed that of China, where the dangerous disease had emerged last December.
Take for instance in the US, the total number of confirmed cases as at April 1, 2020, was put at 188,638 people, Italy, 105,792,Spain, 102,136, China,81,554, Germany,72,383, France, 52,128 and Iran 47,593. Note the reported figure of the causality figure of the virus in China, were that of March 30, 2020.
Note that the disease had gradually declined in China since mid-February, because of the alleged extreme measures adopted by the country to contain the virus. Some of these measures included building hospitals in days, rapid testing protocols and technology that attempted to trace all the over 80,000 of the COVID 19 case
The death situation resulting from the COVID 19, in these countries appear more worrisome. As at April 1, 2020, the North American country of the US, had recorded 4,059 deaths, Italy ,12,428, Spain,9,053, China,3,312, Germany,788, France 3,523, and Iran 1,789.
The COVID 19 death situation in the United States appears to have put President Donald Trump , in a very tight corner and low spirit. The country’s scientists, Researchers and big time Pharmaceutical Companies may have failed him to produce the vaccine for the cure for the deadly disease despite all the financial support as the people are dying in their thousands , particular, in the state of New York, since the outbreak of the ailment in the country on March 1, 2020.
Worried that the disease might slow down the growth of the country’s economy which had shown signs of recovery since the outbreak of the sickness in China, the North American country had adopted some restriction measures to curb the spread of the deadly disease , now reporting twice the number of cases in China where the it had emerged last December.
Indeed, since the export of the disease from Italy to Nigeria, last February, according to the Nigeria Center For Disease Control, NCDC, had no fewer than 139 persons had contacted it as officials of the agency and other Medical personnel trace the over 600 people that were said to have come into contact with the victims in different parts of the country.
Only recently, the WHO sponsored 25 global health leaders to China to understudy the approach adopted by the country to fight the virus. Chikwe Ihekweazu, Director General, NCDC, according to President Muhammadu Buhari, was among those world Health Leaders that went China on the ticket of the WHO.
The Multilateral mission to China by the Health Authorities from around the globe had shown that the rest of the world were simply not ready to tackle the disease with the speed and seriousness that the Asian country has . Bruce Aylward, a WHO medical personnel who was said to have led the global World Health Leaders to China had said that hundreds of thousands of people in the country may not have been infected by the disease because of the aggressive response of the government.
He noted that the techniques adopted by the country to contain the spread of the virus may be old –fashioned public health tools but applied with rigour and innovation of approach on a scale never recorded in world history. The rigour may have come with a cost, as Professors, Journalists and Medical Doctors, were said to have been silenced after sharing vital information about the disease since its outbreak in the country without the Consent of the government.
Yanzhong Huang, a senior fellow at the WHO, reportedly said that the draconian measures adopted by the country had successfully brought down the number of infected persons within a very short period of time in the country.
There are fears that the death toll may continue to rise in the US, as the country may not be willing to pay such a high price. This is where Trump and the officials the US Disease US Center for DCP may have to go back to the drawing board to be able to come out with harsher measures that would be able to contain further spread of the spread of the diseases in the country that had had killed over 4000 people since the outbreak of the sickess in the country in the last one month.
Antonio guterres, the United Nations Secretary general, who could not hide his feelings at the launching of a new plan to counter the potentially devastating socio-economic impacts of the COVID 19 on Tuesay, March 26, 2020, had said that the world faces the most challenging crisis since the World War II, tackling a pandemic threatening people in every part of the world, one that will bring a recession ”that probably has no parallel in the recent past”.
Appealing to people of the world to unite to lessen blow now on the people, he declared that it is the only to contain the virus.
See WHO table Below of COVID19 Cases as at April1, 2020
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