From the Highlights: " Two new countries (Lebanon and Israel)reported cases of COVID-19 [coronavirus disease 2019] in the past 24 hours. The role of environmental contamination in the transmission of COVID-19 is not yet clear. On 18 February, a new protocol entitled 'Surface sampling of coronavirus disease (COVID-19): A practical 'how to' protocol for health care and public health professionals' was published. This protocol was designed to determine viable virus presence and persistence on fomites in various locations where a COVID-19 patient is receiving care or isolated, and to understand how fomites may play a role in the transmission of the virus.  The WHO [World Health Organization] Director-General briefed the emergency ministerial meeting on COVID-19 organized by the African Union and the Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention."
Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Report No. 33
World Health Organization
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