Tech & Science Nothing proves that the coronavirus epidemic is slowing down, says the WHO

00:50  02 june  2020
00:50  02 june  2020 Source:   rfi.fr

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HEALTH-CORONAVIRUS-WHO-PROPAGATION: There is no evidence that the coronavirus epidemic is slowing down, says the WHO


LONDON / MILAN (Reuters) - There is no evidence that the coronavirus epidemic is losing its potential, the World Health Organization (WHO) and several scientists said on Monday the day after a famous Italian doctor said that "clinically" the new coronavirus had disappeared.

Maria Van Kerkhove, WHO epidemiologist, and other specialists in virology and infections on Monday denounced remarks without scientific basis.

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No data confirms that the trajectory of the coronavirus has changed significantly, any more than its virulence, they say.

"As far as transmissibility is concerned, nothing has changed," said Maria Van Kerkhove to the press.

The analyzes carried out on the virus itself do not show any genetic modification making it possible to affirm that the coronavirus which appeared at the end of December in China is losing virulence, added Martin Hibberd, professor at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine.

These remarks contradict the statements made Sunday by Sunday Professor Alberto Zangrillo, director of intensive care at San Raffaele hospital, in Lombardy.

He said he was based on a study carried out by another scientist and which is to be published this week.

"We never said that the virus had changed, we said that the interaction between the virus and its host has changed," he told Reuters.

These changes could be attributed to new characteristics of the virus, which have so far not been identified, or to a change in the characteristics of the population.

(Kate Kelland and Emilio Parodi; French version Nicolas Delame)

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