World Health Organization declares coronavirus outbreak ‘global emergency’: Here is what it means

Here’s A 3 Minute Explainer On What It Means Now Coronavirus Is A Global Health Emergency

Here’s A 3 Minute Explainer On What It Means Now Coronavirus Is A Global Health Emergency

As many as 129 cases have been reported in 22 other countries and regions, but no deaths outside China.

"I have today declared that the coronavirus presents a public health emergency in the United States", U.S. Health Secretary Alex Azar said at a public briefing on Friday afternoon.

Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO director-general, announced the decision after a meeting of its Emergency Committee, an independent panel of experts, amid mounting evidence of the virus spreading to some 18 countries.

The organisation has issued technical advice to all member states as the outbreak shows no signs of slowing down, for now.

China's U.N. Ambassador Zhang Jun said Thursday evening in NY that "we are still at a very critical stage in fighting the coronavirus" but stressed that the epidemic is still mainly confined to China and urged the global community against any overreaction.

Experts say there is significant evidence the virus is spreading among people in China and World Health Organization noted with its emergency declaration Thursday it was especially concerned that some cases overseas also involved human-to-human transmission.

With the death toll hitting a high number of 170 in China, the World Health Organization reported that there had been 98 cases in 18 countries outside of the country, but no deaths.

The government announced new entry restrictions, barring foreigners who have been to Hubei in the last two weeks.

"This declaration is not a vote of non-confidence in China", he said.

World Health Organization declares coronavirus outbreak ‘global emergency’: Here is what it means

South Korea's latest patients include a 32-year-old Korean man who got sick after returning from Wuhan and a 56-year-old man who is a contact of the country's third imported 2019-nCoV case-patient, signaling the country's' first secondary infection, according to health ministry sources quoted in a report from a medical publication translated and posted by FluTrackers, an infectious disease news message board. Markets have been spooked since news of the virus emerged earlier this month.

The new virus has now infected more people in China than were sickened there during the 2002-2003 outbreak of SARS, or severe acute respiratory syndrome, a cousin of the new virus. The disease, originated first in China, has slowly spread across the globe, killing over 200 people.

Thousands of factory workers now on Lunar New Year holidays may struggle to get back to work next week due to travel restrictions. While major firms such as Google and Sweden's IKEA have closed China operations.

The virus' spread has placed almost 60 million people under partial or full lockdown in Chinese cities for a week.

By the end of Thursday, Hubei's tally of cases approached 6,000, with 1,220 new cases detected, its health authorities said.

A total of 213 people have died of the disease as of Thursday, state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

At least one doctor at a Wuhan hospital was beaten on Wednesday by the family of a patient declared dead of a coronavirus infection, online media firm Caixin said.

From regular dissemination of information to carrying out disinfection work, from the high-quality treatment of patients to ensuring essential supplies in Wuhan and a hotline, china has mounted an extraordinary fight against the virus. In addition to that, there is now confirmed cases of human-to-human transmission of the virus in 3 countries outside of China.

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