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WHO warns of threat of coronavirus pandemic

UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY NEWS) — The global community must be prepared for a possible coronavirus pandemic , said Tedros Adhan Ghebreyesus, director general of the World Health Organization (WHO).

“The use of the word” pandemic “at the moment is contrary to the facts, but, of course, the situation should inspire fear. Our world is not binary or black and white in which this or that happens. We must focus on deterrence and at the same time do everything that we can in order to prepare for a potential pandemic,” the WHO’s head of Twitter said in a statement.

He noted that a universal approach to the fight against coronavirus does not exist and each country should evaluate its risks based on its own context.

On December 31, 2019, the Chinese authorities informed the World Health Organization about an outbreak of unknown pneumonia in the city of Wuhan in the central part of the country (Hubei Province).

Experts have identified the causative agent of the disease – this is a new coronavirus. WHO recognized the outbreak as an emergency of international importance and gave the disease its official name – COVID-19.

The number of people infected in mainland China has already exceeded 77 thousand people, 2592 have died, over 24 thousand have been cured. The number of infections outside of China, according to the WHO, reached 1769, 17 people died.


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