The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared a global health emergency over the coronavirus, which has killed at least 171 people in China and has now spread to at least 18 other countries.
The declaration was made by Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO at the organization’s Geneva headquarters on Thursday, January 30, The BBC reports.
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, director-general of the WHO, disclosed that coronavirus has so far infected more than 8,200 people across the world.
“The main reason for this declaration is not what is happening in China but what is happening in other countries,” said WHO chief said.
He expressed concerns about the virus spreading to countries with weaker health systems and which are ill-prepared to deal with the disease.
He commended the Chinese authorities for the extraordinary measures they have taken to prevent the virus from spreading.
According to the CNBC, the Tedros disclosed that coronavirus has so far infected more than 8,200 people across the world. He said the global community must act together to stop the fast-spreading coronavirus.
He urged the public to remain calm, saying the WHO wasn’t recommending measures that unnecessarily interfere with international trade or travel.