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Switzerland: WHO declares coronavirus threat an 'international emergency'

Switzerland, Geneva
January 30, 2020 at 20:23 GMT +00:00 · Published

The World Health Organisation WHO declared a global health emergency in Geneva on Thursday, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China and its spread around the world.

“I am declaring a public health emergency of international concern over the novel outbreak of coronavirus, the main reason of this declaration is not because of what is happening in China but because of what is happening in other countries our greatest concern in the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems and which are ill prepared to deal with it,” Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Director-General of the World Health Organization said.

Ghebreyesus praised China’s efforts saying “we would have seen many more cases outside China by now and probably does if it were not for the government’s and the progress, they have made to protect their own people and the people of the world. The speed with China detected the outbreak, Isolated the virus, sequenced the genome and shared it with WHO and the world are very impressive.”

The virus killed at least 170 people so far and infected more than 7,700 in China alone, with more than a hundred cases reported worldwide across twenty countries, including Germany, France, Finland Canada and the US.

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The World Health Organisation WHO declared a global health emergency in Geneva on Thursday, due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in China and its spread around the world.

“I am declaring a public health emergency of international concern over the novel outbreak of coronavirus, the main reason of this declaration is not because of what is happening in China but because of what is happening in other countries our greatest concern in the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems and which are ill prepared to deal with it,” Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus Director-General of the World Health Organization said.

Ghebreyesus praised China’s efforts saying “we would have seen many more cases outside China by now and probably does if it were not for the government’s and the progress, they have made to protect their own people and the people of the world. The speed with China detected the outbreak, Isolated the virus, sequenced the genome and shared it with WHO and the world are very impressive.”

The virus killed at least 170 people so far and infected more than 7,700 in China alone, with more than a hundred cases reported worldwide across twenty countries, including Germany, France, Finland Canada and the US.

Mandatory Credit: WHO

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