Urgent Measures Needed to Counter COVID-19 in Conflict Zones: Red Cross

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Urgent Measures Needed to Counter COVID-19 in Conflict Zones: Red Cross

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30 Mar 2020

It will be nearly impossible to fight COVID-19 in countries already devastated by conflict unless a concerted response by states and humanitarian organizations is launched immediately, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned on Monday.

In a statement, the committee said that plans to prevent and respond to the virus must urgently move forward before it gains a foothold in conflict zones.

It said that COVID-19 threat to life is greater in places where “health systems have been ravaged by war, where people uprooted by conflict live in close proximity, and where life-saving resources like clean water, soap and medicine are in short supply.”

Additionally, health systems weakened by conflict have reduced capacity for detection, management and the follow-up of cases of sickness, which in turn increases the risk of transmission, it said.

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