The World Health Organization has announced an international-level emergency due to the spread of the deadly coronavirus. Head of the WHO Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said so after the session of the extraordinary committee; he left the respective post on his Twitter.
"The main reason for this declaration is not because of what is happening in China, but because of what is happening in other countries. Our greatest concern is the potential for the virus to spread to countries with weaker health systems, and which are ill-prepared to deal with it", he wrote.
All 170 lethal cases are observed in China; in the other four countries (Japan, Germany, the USA and Vietnam), cases of the virus being passed from a person to person were observed.
Ghebreyesus added that in total, "there are now 7834 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 7736 in China, representing almost 99% of all reported cases worldwide. 170 people have lost their lives to this outbreak, all of them in China". The official claimed that there are no reasons to limit the development of international tourism and trade.