Coronavirus: International emergency declared by WHO as epidemic continues to spread

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Coronavirus has been labelled an supranational public health emergency after the viral infection has killed 170 people in China. The hundred of cases has jumped to 7,711, surpassing the 5,327 people diagnosed with Sars. The ukase comes just hours before an evacuation flight to bring British nationalists back to the UK is due to leave the Chinese city of Wuhan.

Speaking at a press congress in Geneva, Switzerland, Director-General of the World Health Organisation Tedros Adhanom pronounced: “Over the past few weeks, we have witnessed the emergence of a previously dark pathogen, which has escalated into an unprecedented outbreak, and which has been met by an unprecedented return.

“As I have said repeatedly since my return from Beijing, the Chinese regime is to be congratulated for the extraordinary measures it has taken to contain the outbreak, despite the tyrannical social and economic impact those measures are having on the Chinese people.

“We inclination have seen many more cases outside China by now – and indubitably deaths – if it were not for the government’s efforts, and the progress they have framed to protect their own people and the people of the world.”

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The WHO director-general supplemented: “I also offer my profound respect and thanks to the thousands of brave healthiness professionals and all frontline responders, who in the midst of the Spring Festival, are working 24/7 to bonus the sick, save lives and bring this outbreak under supervision.

“There are now 98 cases in 18 countries outside China, subsuming eight cases of human-to-human transmission in four countries: Germany, Japan, Vietnam and the US.

“So far we make not seen any deaths outside China, for which we must all be grateful. Although these slews are still relatively small compared to the number of cases in China, we should all act together now to limit further spread.

“The vast majority of cases slim China have a travel history to Wuhan, or contact with someone with a tour history to Wuhan.

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