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Al Jazeera 26 Mar 2020

Coronavirus: Doctor warns of 'incoming disaster' in Gaza

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The Gaza Health Ministry in Gaza has warned the region is not equipped for a large scale outbreak due to an acute shortage of medicine, equipment, and doctors.
There have been seven new cases of COVID-19 in the besieged Gaza Strip, raising the number of infections to nine.

Al Jazeera's Nida Ibrahim reports.


South Korea has seen a sharp rise in coronavirus infections, bringing the total there to more than 2300. And the K-Pop scene is also taking a hit. Megastars BTS have cancelled four of their Seoul concerts due to the outbreak. The World Health Organization says there is now a "very high" risk of the coronavirus spreading globally. Germany's health ministry has confirmed almost 60 cases of the virus. Authorities have confirmed the first death of a British citizen, who had been quarantined aboard a cruise ship anchored off Japan. Nigeria has registered the first case of the virus in sub-Saharan Africa. And Iran, which has seen the largest number of deaths outside China, called off Friday prayers in some major cities, in a bid to stem the spread of the virus.
Billions of locusts have been swarming across the Arabian peninsula and East Africa…
From a wildlife market in China's Wuhan city, where the coronavirus is believed to have emerged, to the city of Qom in Iran.
The disease is sweeping around the globe and health experts are warning we could be on the brink of a pandemic.
More than 80,000 people in over 40 countries have been infected.
The number of new cases inside the country at the centre of the epidemic - China - has been overtaken for the first time by new infections outside.
Now the focus of the outbreak is shifting to Europe in particular, and the Middle East.
In that region, Iran appears to be the centre of the spread of the disease.
Cases in Bahrain, Iraq, Kuwait, Lebanon and Oman have been linked to patients who traveled to Iran recently.
So, how do we prepare for a pandemic??

Presenter: Adrian Finighan

Guests
Dr. Patrick Tang, Division Chief of Pathology Sciences at Sidra Medicine.
Dr. Abdhalah Ziraba, Medical Doctor and Research Scientist at African Population and Health Research Center.
Dr. Dominic Wilkinson, Medical Doctor and Director of Medical Ethics at the Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics at University of Oxford.
A B.C. mother wants permission to travel to Wuhan on a government-chartered plane to retrieve her two-year-old daughter, who is stuck in quarantine in the coronavirus-affected area of China.

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