The World Health Organization (WHO) has recognized the outbreak of the new coronavirus in China as an emergency of international concern, said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director-General.
According to the latest information, 7,834 people have already fallen ill worldwide. Of these, 7,736 confirmed cases have been reported in China and 98 in 18 countries worldwide, eight cases of human-to-human transmission. A total of 1,370 people are in serious condition and 170 have died. A further 12,167 people have been identified as suspected of illness.
The spread of the disease in China is considered to be very high. The organization also recommended that the disease be temporarily named “2019-nCoV is a viral respiratory illness” and that the virus itself be temporarily named “2019-nCoV”.
However, the WHO Director-General noted that experts believe in the possibility of stopping the outbreak.