Coronavirus poses ''grave threat'' for the world - WHO

12 February 2020
2020-02-12 12:08

China's coronavirus outbreak poses a "very grave threat for the rest of the world", the head of the World Health Organization (WHO) said on Tuesday.

DIRECTOR GENERAL, WHO, TEDROS ADHANOM GHEBREYESUS  said ''As of 6 a.m Geneva time this morning there were 42,708 confirmed cases reported in China and tragically we have now passed 1,000 deaths, that's 1,017 people in China have lost their lives to this outbreak. Outside China there are 393 cases in 24 countries with one death, in the Philippines. With 99 percent of cases in China, this remains very much an emergency for that country but one that holds a very grave threat to the rest of the world, unless we use the window of opportunity that we have now.''

The virus has been named COVID-19, for coronavirus disease 2019, with no geographical association, he said. China has reported 42,708 confirmed cases, including 1,017 deaths, Tedros said, noting that there were fewer than 400 cases in 24 other countries with one death. WHO began a two-day meeting, where it appealed for sharing virus samples and speeding up research into drugs and vaccines.

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