Breaking: Coronavirus declared global health emergency by WHO

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(BBC) – The new coronavirus has been declared a global emergency by the World Health Organization, as the outbreak continues to spread outside China.

“The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries,” said WHO chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus.

The concern is that it could spread to countries with weaker health systems.

The death toll now stands at 170 people in China.

The WHO said there had been 98 cases in 18 counties outside of the country, but no deaths.

Most cases have emerged in people who have travelled from the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the outbreak began.

However, there have been eight cases of human-to-human infection – in Germany, Japan, Vietnam and the United States.

Dr Tedros, speaking at the press conference in Geneva, described the virus as an “unprecedented outbreak” that has been met with an “unprecedented response”.

He praised the “extraordinary measures” Chinese authorities had taken to prevent it from spreading.

“Let me be clear, this declaration is not a vote of no confidence in China,” he added.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. If you extrapolate the current rate of infection across the globe we all should be infected within 6 months. The Zombie apocalypse should be upon us.

  2. I’ve watching on the news, of how sick some people a are with the virus, and understand that those who are showing sign of the illness have other issues, l am sorry to see you all suffering like this, my condolences to those who have lost family members l pray and hope the doctor find a cure soon! Let us hope

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