SITUATION REPORT OF COVID-19 IN THE REGION OF MURCIA APRIL 10, 2020
In the Region of Murcia to date of the report, there have been 1,413 confirmed cases of COVID-19 infection.
The first case was declared on March 6 and confirmed as positive on March 8.
As of yesterday, 231 cases are admitted to hospitals in the Region, of which 42 are in the ICU.
58% of confirmed patients are in home isolation.
275 patients have been epidemiologically discharged and 94 deaths have occurred.
The diagnostic tests carried out for the detection of coronaviruses have been 11927. Figure 1 details the number of cases confirmed by COVID-19 in the Region of Murcia from the beginning to April 10, 2020.
Updated WHO tips for international transport related to the outbreak of the new coronavirus 2019-nCoV
Tips for countries or areas where there is no record of transmission of the new 2019 coronavirus-nCoV, who choose to perform entry screening
From the evidence obtained from past outbreaks, the degree of efficacy of the entry screenings is not clear.
However, these measures could support the risk communication strategy, if travelers from affected countries or areas are provided with relevant information to reduce the risk of acute respiratory infections and to seek medical attention from time if symptoms develop that could indicate a new coronavirus infection.
During the current outbreak of the new 2019 coronavirus-nCoV, a series of exported cases have been detected in the entry screenings established by some countries.
By monitoring the temperature at the entry points, it is possible to detect symptomatic cases for which, later, medical examinations and laboratory tests will be carried out to confirm the infection.
Temperature controls to detect possible cases of infection at entry points do not always serve to detect travelers who are incubating the disease or hiding fever during the trip.
Furthermore, these types of measures require significant investments.
Focusing on applying controls to direct flight travelers from affected areas could be more effective and less costly.
Right now, the northern hemisphere (with China) is in the middle of winter, the time of year when the flu and other respiratory infections are very frequent.
When deciding whether to apply entry screening, countries have to take into account that the possible signs and symptoms of respiratory diseases in travelers may be due to a different respiratory infection than the 2019-nCoV and that their follow-up may involve additional burden on the health system.
In this decision-making process regarding the application of entry screening, the country's policies and capacities must also be taken into account.
If entry screening is chosen, temperature controls should always be accompanied by information campaigns at entry points about the risk of infection.
For example, posters, brochures, electronic newsletters, etc.
to raise awareness among travelers of the signs and symptoms of the disease, and to encourage them to request healthcare based on a series of criteria and to communicate to the healthcare professional the journey made.
Countries that carry out temperature controls are encouraged to establish a correct mechanism for data collection and analysis, for example, number of travelers examined and confirmed cases of total travelers examined, as well as the method of screening.
Public health authorities should strengthen their collaboration with airline operators for the treatment of cases on board the aircraft and for the provision of information, in the event that a traveler with symptoms of respiratory disease is detected, in accordance with the IATA guidance for cabin staff regarding the management of possible communicable diseases on board an aircraft.
Source: murciasalud.es / Murcia.com