WHO declines to declare emergency due to outbreak of new coronavirus in China

Experts believe that it is too early for such a decision.

The World Health Organization declined to declare an emergency due to a new coronavirus in China. Expert Committee came to the conclusion that the problem has not yet acquired a global character. The head of WHO, Tedros Gebreyesus, spoke about this during a press conference.

This is an emergency in China, but so far it has not become a global health problem.Tedros GebreyesusWHO Director-General

The WHO explained that the outbreak carries “extremely high risk” for China, as well as “high risk” in the region and globally. Experts will continue to study the origin of the virus, how to transmit it, and increase quarantine in infected areas.

Representatives of the organization also noted that although the virus can lead to serious illness and death, in most people it passes with mild symptoms. According to the WHO, most of the dead suffered from hypertension, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease, which weakened their immune system.

An outbreak of a new coronavirus in China was recorded in January 2020, the first case of infection is dated December 12, 2019. As of January 22, experts recorded more than 580 infected and 17 deaths from the virus. To prevent the spread of the virus, the Chinese authorities closed the city of Wuhan with a population of 11 million people, which is considered a source of infection.

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