coronavirus update indiaas on : 20 September 2020 06:25 GMT+5:30
WHO Says "Was Alerted By Its Own Office In China,Not By The China Itself About Virus"
WHO asked the Chinese authorities on two occasions, on January 1 and January 2, for information about these cases, which they provided on January 3.
WHO Says "Was Alerted By Its Own Office In China, Not By The China Itself About Virus"
New Delhi: The World Health Organisation has updated its account of the early stage of coronavirus crisis to say it was alerted by its own office in China, and not by China itself.
Whereas the UN health body has been accused by the US President Donald Trump of failing to provide the information needed to stem the pandemic and of being complacent toward Beijing, charges it denies.
WHO on April 9 has published an initial timeline of its communications, in response to the criticism of its early response to the outbreak that has now claimed more than 521,000 lives worldwide.
The World Health Organisation in that chronology has said that only that the Wuhan municipal health commission in the province of Hubei had on December 31 reported cases of pneumonia. However, the UN health agency did nit however specify who had notified it.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus WHO director told a press conference on April 20 the first report had come from China, without specifying whether the report had been sent by the Chinse authorities.
A chronology published this week by the Geneva-based institution offers a more detailed version of the event.
However, it indicates that it was the WHO office in China which on December 31 has notified its regional point of contact of cases of viral pneumonia after having found a declaration for the media on the Wuhan health commission website on the issue.
Meanwhile, on the same day, the WHO epidemic information service picked up another news report transmitted by the international epidemiological surveillance network ProMed based in the US about some group of cases of pneumonia from Wuhan.
The WHO emergencies director Michael Ryan in a press conference on Friday told that countries have 24-48 hours to official verify an event and provide the agency with detailed information about the nature of the event.
(With Inputs from AFP)