As countries are taking stronger measures to contain the spread of COVID-19, self-quarantine and the temporary closing of businesses may affect normal food-related practices. Healthy individuals, as well as those showing acute respiratory disease symptoms, are being requested to stay at home. In some countries, restaurants and take-away offers are being limited and some fresh items are becoming less available.
France is at war against the coronavirus, but its army is woefully unprepared for the fight.
So says emergency medical responder Dr. Sabrina Ali Benali.
“We have found a way to get masks, but that’s all we have. We don’t have disposable garments / coveralls, nor stocks of hand sanitiser, hair nets, glasses, overshoes.”
Benali says the majority of healthcare personnel in France are under the same strain.
WHAT: The novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) has spread to almost all countries and claimed more than 150,000 lives worldwide. Nearly 25,000 cases have been reported in 52 African countries, with over 1000 deaths. Africa CDC is supporting African Union Member States in responding to the outbreak.
Shutting down immunization services in the COVID-19 pandemic risks triggering a resurgence of diseases that can be prevented with safe and effective vaccines, warns WHO in the lead-up to World Immunization Week (24-30 April).