Coronavirus epidemic 'far from over' in Asia-Pacific, WHO warns

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Every country needs to keep preparing for large-scale community transmission, says regional director

The coronavirus epidemic is “far from over” in the Asia-Pacific region, and current measures to curb the spread of the virus are buying time for countries to prepare for large-scale community transmissions, a WHO official has said.

Even with all the measures, the risk of transmission in the region will not go away as long as the pandemic continues, said Takeshi Kasai, regional director for the western Pacific at the World Health Organization.

We will fight every way we can to save every life we can.

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The WHO said people should use face masks only if they are sick or caring for someone who is sick: “There is no specific evidence to suggest that the wearing of masks by the mass population has any potential benefit. In fact, there’s some evidence to suggest the opposite in the misuse of wearing a mask properly or fitting it properly,” the WHO’s Dr Mike Ryan said.

Australia reported reported a sustained fall in the rate of new coronavirus infections, slowing from 25-30% a week ago to an average of 9% over the past three days.

Mexico’s recorded 1,094 cases of coronavirus is up from 993 the day before, with 28 deaths.

American Airlines said it plans to seek $12bn in government aid to cover payroll costs over the next six months.

Elton John’s live music from home, which featured Billie Eilish, the Backstreet Boys, Lizzo, Alicia Keys, Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga and Tim McGraw all appearing by phone, home cameras or online platforms, raised $8m for two first responder charities.

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