.First, eat a health and nutritious diet, which helps your immune system to function properly, said the World Health Organisation’s director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: UNSPLASH –Joyce Teo
WHO gives advice on how to boost your health to fight Covid-19
SINGAPORE – The World Health Organisation director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus dispensed advice on how people can look after their health at a media briefing on Friday (March 20).
He said this will not only help people in the long-term, but it will also help the fight Covid-19 if they get it.
In his opening remarks at the briefing in Geneva, Switzerland, he included the following health tips:
First, eat a health and nutritious diet, which helps your immune system to function properly.
Second, limit your alcohol consumption, and avoid sugary drinks.
Third, do not smoke, he said, as smoking damages your lungs and can increase your risk of developing severe disease if you become infected with Covid-19.
Fourth, exercise. WHO recommends 30 minutes of physical activity a day for adults, and one hour a day for children.
If allowed, go outside for a walk or a run, while keeping a safe distance from others.
If you cannot leave the house, find an exercise video online, dance to music, do some yoga, or walk up and down the stairs.
If you’re working at home, make sure you do not sit in the same position for long periods. Get up and take a three-minute break every 30 minutes.
Fifth, the WHO said its normal to feel stressed, confused and scared during this pandemic. Talking to people you know and trust can help.
“Supporting other people in your community can help you as much as it does them. Check in on neighbours, family and friends. Compassion is a medicine,” said Dr Tedros.
“Listen to music, read a book or play a game. And try not to read or watch too much news if it makes you anxious. Get your information from reliable sources once or twice a day.”
In the same set of remarks, Dr Tedros said: “One of the things we are learning is that although older people are the hardest hit, younger people are not spared.
“Data from many countries clearly show that people under 50 make up a significant proportion of patients requiring hospitalisation.”
ROME- Italy coronavirus deaths surge by 627 in a day, alarmed regions impose more restrictions
ROME (REUTERS) – Italy imposed further draconian restrictions on public life on Friday in an increasingly desperate effort to halt coronavirus infections after the death toll leapt by 627 in a single day, by far the biggest 24-hour rise recorded anywhere.
MADRID- Spain PM warns ‘very hard days ahead’ as virus toll tops 1,300
General view taken on March 21, 2020 of Barcelona during a national lock-down to prevent the spread of the new coronavirus. AFP
MADRID — Spain ramped up its battle against the coronavirus Saturday, mobilizing 52,000 additional health workers and racing to finish construction of field hospitals as its death toll jumped by a third.
“We must prepare ourselves emotionally and psychologically for very hard days ahead,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez told the nation in a televised address as Spain reported 1,326 more deaths, the second-highest in Europe after Italy.
The number of infections across the country also shot up to 24,926, the health ministry said in a statement, adding that the capital Madrid remains the hardest hit.
Authorities have called up 52,000 extra workers to help the country’s health service as it struggles to contain the virus, including 14,000 retired doctors and nurses.
BRUNEI- Infant among five new COVID-19 patients in Brunei, total now 83
James Kon A second person fully recovered from COVID-19 yesterday, while another five new positive cases have been recorded in Brunei, bringing the total number of cases to 83. One new confirmed case is a six-month-old infant. The latest details were revealed by Minister of Health Dato Seri Setia Dr Haji Mohd Isham bin Haji
PHNOM PENH- COVID-19 in Cambodia: Breakdown by case up to 22/03/2020
Johns Hopkins University
As supplied to Khmer Times, this is the current breakdown of COVID-19 cases in Cambodia up to 22/03/2020.
There have now been 53 confirmed cases:
As always, we will be keeping you up to date with the latest stories, as they happen, about the current situation with COVID-19 in Cambodia and the world.
JAKARTA- Indonesia’s Covid-19 Cases Surge to 450, Asymptomatic Persons Warned as Potential Carriers
People wear protective face masks as they ride on their motorbikes outside a market in Jakarta, Indonesia, on March 20, 2020.PHOTO: EPA-EFE Wahyudi Soeriaatmadja- Indonesia Correspondent
Indonesia estimates more than 500,000 had contact with virus suspects
JAKARTA – Indonesia has estimated the number of people who have had possible contact with Covid-19 suspects to be at more than half a million, the authorities said on Friday (March 20), as the government started rapid testing for the virus on its population.
Mr Achmad Yurianto, the government spokesman for the management of Covid-19, the disease caused by the virus, told a media briefing on Friday that the country had 60 fresh cases, bringing the total infections to 369 as of Friday.
Total deaths rose by seven to 32, the highest death tally in South-east Asia.
Seventeen patients have recovered.
Benches are separated in a distance at the MRT station in Lebak Bulus, Jakarta, to prevent Covid-19 transmission.(JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
The country went from zero reported cases to 309 in less than three weeks.
KUALA LUMPUR- Malaysia records eight deaths; 153 new cases bring total to 1,183
KUALA LUMPUR – Malaysia recorded five deaths from the coronavirus pandemic on Saturday (March 21), bringing its total number of deaths from the virus to eight.Health ministry director-general Noor Hisham Abdullah said two of the deaths were a mother-daughter duo from Sarawak while the other three were linked to an Islamic gathering near Kuala Lumpur.
Malaysia reported 153 new cases of coronavirus infection on Saturday, bringing the cumulative total to 1,183, making the country’s cumulative infection tally as the highest in South-east Asia.
Dr Noor Hisham also revealed that to date, 24 healthcare professionals have contracted the coronavirus.
Of the total, 19 consisted of workers from his ministry while five are from the private sector.
She had been admitted to the National Centre for Infectious Diseases (NCID) on Feb 23 for pneumonia and was confirmed to have Covid-19 the same day.
She had been in the intensive care unit since and developed serious complications. She died after 26 days in ICU, a Health Ministry statement said.
The second patient is a 64-year-old Indonesian national who was admitted in critical condition to intensive care at NCID on March 13, after arriving in Singapore from Indonesia the same day. He was confirmed to have the virus the next day.
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam confirms two new coronavirus infections, bringing total to 94
A medical worker at a quarantine area. — VNA/VNS Photo
HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam confirmed two more SARS-CoV-2 infections on Saturday evening.
The two Vietnamese nationals returned to the country from Europe, bringing the total number of cases to 94.
The 93rd case was a 20-year-old student studying in Hungary, living in Hà Nội’s Đống Đa District. He returned to Việt Nam at the capital’s Nội Bài International Airport on Wednesday on flight SU290, seat 27B.
The 94th case was a 64-year-old woman in Bắc Giang City. She visited her daughter in the Czech Republic from February 29 to March 17. She returned to the country at Nội Bài International Airport on Wednesday on the same flight as the 93rd patient, SU290, seat 28A.
SEOUL- South Korea reports 98 new coronavirus cases, bringing total to 8,897
SEOUL (REUTERS) – South Korea reported 98 new coronavirus cases on Sunday (March 22), maintaining a downward trend in daily infections, the Korea Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said.
The daily tally brought national infections to 8,897 while the death toll remained unchanged at 104. It marked the 11th day in a row the country has posted new infections of around 100, compared with the peak of 909 cases recorded on Feb 29.
Of the new cases, 43 were from the hardest-hit city of Daegu, while 26 were traced to the greater Seoul area where small outbreaks from hospitals and workplaces have been reported.
GAZA, Palestine- Gaza authorities confirm first two COVID-19 cases
Palestinian men, some wearing face masks, dance at wedding festivities in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip on March 21, 2020 a day before authorities impose a ban on festive events as a protective measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic.
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Authorities in Gaza confirmed the first two cases of novel coronavirus on Sunday, identifying the individuals as Palestinians who had travelled to Pakistan and were held in quarantine on their return.
The United Nations has warned that a COVID-19 outbreak in Gaza could be disastrous, given the high poverty rates and weak health system in the coastal strip under Israeli blockade since 2007. But Gaza’s health ministry said the two people who tested positive had been held in quarantine since their return from Pakistan on Thursday and did not interact with the wider population. “These two cases were recorded among those who returned to Gaza … (and) did not mix with the residents of the Gaza Strip,” deputy health minister Yousef Abu Al-Reesh told reporters. The sick, identified as two men, were in stable condition, the health ministry said.
– ‘Disaster of gigantic proportions’ –
The head of the World Health Organization’s Palestinian office, Gerald Rockenschaub, told AFP this week that Israeli restrictions and political tensions have caused Gaza’s health facilities to deteriorate over the past decade.
Warning of long battle as Africa’s virus numbers rise
Malian researchers get suited up to conduct a coronavirus test at a lab in Bamako
Sub-Saharan Africa recorded its second coronavirus death on Friday as infections rose in South Africa, where the government warned bluntly of a long haul in the fight against the disease.
Despite stringent restrictions ranging from flight bans to school closures, countries south of the Sahara have recorded two deaths in three days, and the case tally on Friday had more than tripled in the space of a week.
The central African state of Gabon announced its first fatality from coronavirus — a 50-year-old man, whose death followed that of a 62-year-old woman in Burkina Faso on Wednesday. Both had diabetes.
The total of known cases across all of Africa, compiled by AFP, stands at more than 900 and is rising fast after lagging other continents. Madagascar, with three, and Zimbabwe, with one, recorded their first cases on Friday.
– South African warning –
Ballooning from one case two weeks ago to 202 on Friday, South Africa has the highest numbers in the subcontinent.
– Lagos challenge –
In Lagos, Africa’s biggest city, authorities faced an immediate challenge in implementing limits on religious gatherings decreed just a day earlier.
At the Zawiyat Sofwat El-Islam mosque, in a rundown part of the city, religious leaders struggled to restrict numbers gathered outside — eventually the gates were flung open and around a thousand worshippers entered.
– East Africa tightens measures –
In East Africa, Ethiopia, which announced three new cases Friday, taking its total to nine, said its state-carrier, the continent’s biggest airline, would suspend flights to 30 countries.
Angola, Eritrea, Uganda confirm first cases as coronavirus spreads in Africa
Angola, Eritrea, Uganda confirm first cases as coronavirus spreads in Africa
FILE PHOTO: A woman wears a mask and gloves as a measure to combat the spread of coronavirus disease (COVID-19) at a restaurant in Cape Town
By George Obulutsa
NAIROBI/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Angola, Eritrea and Uganda confirmed their first cases of coronavirus, while Mauritius recorded its first death as the virus spreads across Africa despite measures by governments to hold it back.
Two male residents who flew back from Portugal on March 17-18 have tested positive, Angolan Health Minister Silvia Lutucuta said on Saturday, while Eritrea said its first case was a 39-year-old national who had arrived from Norway.
Uganda’s first case was announced early on Sunday by Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng. She said the man flew in to the country from Dubai on Saturday and was in stable condition.
More than 1,000 cases have now been reported across Africa, according to the World Health Organisation./ By George Obulutsa
Rwanda has suspended all “unnecessary movements” outside the home and clamped down on travel across its borders, in one of the toughest measures yet imposed in sub-Saharan Africa to curb the spread of the coronavirus.
“Unnecessary movements and visits outside the home are not permitted,” the government announced in a statement late Saturday, excusing trips for healthcare, food, or banking.
All borders are closed except for the passage of goods and cargo and returning Rwandan citizens, read the statement, which also announced the closure of all but the most essential markets and restrictions on travel between cities and districts.
Rwanda as of Saturday had recorded 17 confirmed cases of coronavirus, the highest number in the East Africa region.