Coronavirus: World Health Organisation declares as global emergency

The World Health Organisation (WHO] on Thursday declared international public health emergency over the outbreak of the lethal coronavirus.

This comes a week after WHO said it was ‘too early’ to declare an international public health emergency but on Thursday it was discovered that the movement was had to help nations to put together for the opportunity of it spreading further

Speaking to reporters, WHO Director-General Dr.Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said: ‘The main cause for this statement is not because of what is taking place in China, however because of what is taking place in different countries.

About 213 people have died in China after contracting the coronavirus with 9,692 others infected around the world. A total of 124 have recovered and been discharged from hospital.

Countries are reminded that they are legally required to share information with WHO” now the health emergency is officially declared, said the Committee.

Therefore, they are calling for greater support for low- and middle-income countries, to support their response to any cases, and allow them access to vaccines and drugs, as well as better surveillance and diagnostic tools.

With concern rising on the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems, and which are ill-prepared to deal with it.’

China has agreed to work internationally, with others who want help and “the measures China has taken are excellent not best for that country, however additionally for the rest of the world”, the statement added.


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