31.Jan .2020 00:12

Coronavirus: WHO declares global public health emergency

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WHO director says decision comes amid concern for countries with weaker health systems as UK citizens in Hubei are due to be flown home on Friday.

The World Health Organization on Thursday declared an international public health emergency over the coronavirus outbreak.

Tedros Adhanom, Director-General of the World Health Organization, said:

"We don’t know what sort of damage this #2019nCoV virus could do if it were to spread in a country with a weaker health system. We must act now to help countries prepare for that possibility. For all of these reasons, I am declaring a public health emergency of international concern over the global outbreak of 2019nCoV."

Source - Guardian.com