WHO declares international public health emergency over coronavirus outbreak

WHO declares international public health emergency over coronavirus outbreak

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared an international public health emergency over the outbreak of a new type of coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in China.

"I am declaring a public health emergency of international concern over the global outbreak of 2019-nCoV," WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said after the Emergency Committee session.

"So far, we have not seen any deaths outside China, for which we must all be grateful. Although these numbers are still relatively small compared to the number of cases in China, we must all act together now to limit further spread," TASS cited him as saying.

On December 31, 2019, Chinese authorities informed the WHO about an outbreak of an unknown pneumonia in Wuhan. The number of confirmed cases of pneumonia caused by coronavirus 2019-nCoV has jumped to 8,152 yesterday evening. Statements issued by Chinese regional health committees say that 171 people died from the disease.

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