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WHO Declares Global Emergency As Corona Virus Death Toll Hits 170

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A global emergency on Coronavirus has been declared on the World Health Organisation (WHO) as the death toll from the disease has risen to 170 in China.

The declaration was made yesterday, as WHO stated that the disease now represents risk beyond China, where it started last month.

Tedros Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, in a series of tweets, said more damage could be done to countries with weaker health systems.

“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,” one of the tweets read.

For this reason, he declared a public health emergency of international concern over the global outbreak of #2019nCoV.

“The main reason for this declaration is not because of what is happening in #China, but because of what is happening in other countries.

“Our greatest concern is the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems, and which are ill-prepared to deal with it.”




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