Coronavirus now seems to be spreading much faster outside of China than inside the country, forcing airports in the countries most affected by the virus to tighten passenger screening.
The head of the World Health Organization (WHO), Tedros Adhan Gebreyesus, said that in the previous 24 hours, almost eight times more cases were reported outside of China than domestically, adding that the risk of spreading coronavirus at the global level is currently very high.
At a briefing in Geneva, Gebreyesus said the outbreaks in South Korea, Italy, Iran, and Japan are the most worrisome.
US Vice President Mike Pence said that within 12 hours, the airports of South Korea and Italy will check for coronavirus all travelers.
The number of deaths from coronavirus worldwide exceeded 3,000, with the number of deaths in Italy jumping from 18 to 52. Latvia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal and Morocco first reported cases of infection, resulting in a total number of countries in which the disease was registered , known as COVID-19, exceeded 60.
The virus, which appeared in Wuhan at the end of last year, infected more than 86.500 people, mainly in China.
Outside of China, more than 8,700 people are currently infected, with more than 125 casualties.