World scientists and disease experts say that the Wuhan coronavirus outbreak could soon be declared a pandemic, Science Alert reports.
Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the 2019-nCoV outbreak a “public health emergency of international concern” due to its spread to countries that are not prepared.
However, calling the virus a pandemic would take it to a new level since that term refers to a more global outbreak.
As of now, the Wuhan coronavirus has killed at least 563 people and infected more than 27,000 other people in more than 24 countries since the first cases were reported in December.
As we reported earlier, on February 2, the first death from coronavirus outside of China
was recorded in the Philippines - a 44-year-old man, who came from Wuhan, died. The Philippine branch of the World Health Organization stated this in the massage on its page on Twitter.
"The 44-year-old man was the second person in the Philippines to be diagnosed with the new 2019-nCoV coronavirus. He died on February 1, 2020," the report said.