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$675 million needed to fight new coronavirus outbreak, - WHO

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According to its Director-General, urgent support is essential to bolster weak health systems to detect, diagnose and care for people with the virus
09:21, 6 February 2020

Reuters

The international community has launched a 675-million-dollars preparedness and response plan covering the months of February through to April 2020 in order to fight further spread of the new coronavirus (2019-nCoV) outbreak in China and globally, World Health Organization (WHO) reports.

“My biggest worry is that there are countries today that do not have the systems in place to detect people who have contracted with the virus, even if it were to emerge,” Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO Director-General, stated.

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According to him, urgent support is needed to bolster weak health systems to detect, diagnose and care for people with the virus, to prevent further human to human transmission and protect health workers.

The plan focuses on: rapidly establishing international coordination and operational support, scaling up country readiness and response operations, accelerating priority research and innovation.

As we reported earlier, world scientists and disease experts say that the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak could soon be declared a pandemic, Science Alert informed.

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