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Sunday, 21 July 2024 – 09:16

Coronavirus outbreak declared as global emergency

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has declared the outbreak of the new coronavirus as a global emergency.

The outbreak has continued to spread throughout China, so far leaving at least 170 people dead. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreysus, chief of the WHO said on Thursday, “The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries”.

Outside of China, there have been 98 cases of the virus confirmed in 18 different countries.

Dr Tedros praised the “unprecedented response” by Chinese authorities to prevent the outbreak from spreading and said that the declaration of a global emergency was “not a vote of no confidence in China”.

There have been six other Public Health Emergencies of International Concern (PHIE) declared by the World Health Organisation since 2009, including the swine flu pandemic, the polio declaration, the Zika virus epidemic and the Ebola virus outbreaks.

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