Nov 19, 2020 A high World Health Organization official mentioned immediately that the Middle East is way from defeating COVID-19. Ahmed al-Mandhari, the WHO’s regional director for the Eastern Mediterranean, mentioned individuals within the area are usually not adhering to well being measures geared toward mitigating the unfold of the coronavirus. “Preventative measures that we know work well and work now, including mask use, are still not being fully practiced in our region,” Mandhari mentioned throughout a press briefing Thursday. “Physical distancing, which is without doubt one of the simplest methods to stop transmission, shouldn’t be strictly adopted.” The WHO’s Eastern Mediterranean area consists of international locations within the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. Mandhari supplied a bleak outlook for the world, blaming an “overreliance” on lockdowns. Countries that eliminated these complete bans on nonessential motion didn’t institute ample well being measures after opening again up, he mentioned. “The increases we are seeing now are clearly a result of the easing of lockdown and restrictions,” he mentioned. “But lockdowns can only limit transmission to a certain extent,” added Mandhari, who known as for the governments and civilians to put on masks and to observe social distancing within the absence of lockdowns. Three international locations with notably dangerous COVID-19 outbreaks are Iran, Jordan and Morocco, that are collectively answerable for 60% of the area’s infections over the previous week, he mentioned. Iran has been maybe the hardest-hit nation within the Middle East by the pandemic. The authorities introduced the event of a fast check this week because the quantity every day instances proceed to interrupt information. Jordan had early success in containing the virus, however is now experiencing a serious outbreak. Morocco is pushing a nationwide vaccination marketing campaign to include the unfold. Lebanon additionally lately returned to lockdown after instances continued to rise quickly. The variety of COVID-19 instances within the area is also a lot increased than is reported by international locations’ well being ministries, Mandhari has mentioned. “Health companions stay involved concerning the persistent underreporting of COVID-19 instances in international locations experiencing battle and warfare,” he informed Al-Monitor in an interview earlier this month.