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The WHO releases a new resource aimed at preventing COVID-19 spread in nursing homes.
WHO officials stressed that even intense transmission countries can turn their outbreaks around with leadership, consistent messaging, and key measures.
With the global total about to top 13 million cases, the WHO warns countries to act.
COVID-19 cases are rising by 1 million a week, exceeding oxygen supplies in a market in which most concentrators are produced by a few companies.
Three main hot spots saw no slowdown in cases, and Argentina and Chile became the latest countries in the Americas to report their first cases.
As concerns deepen about Iran, the WHO is in the process of sending a mission to the country, with UAE help.
Also today, 79 more Diamond Princess infections were reported—raising cruise ship totals to 621— and the WHO details stepped-up response measures regarding the Westerdam ship in Cambodia.
While officials investigate imported cases not apparently linked directly to China, WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, says, "This is still first and foremost an emergency for China."
Australia has barred travelers from China, a move the US took yesterday.
The main worry is the possible effect on weaker nations.
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