WHO Director-General speaks on situation with coronavirus spread

Source : 112 Ukraine

Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus suggests that the number of infected persons might increase
13:26, 10 February 2020


The situation with the spread of the coronavirus can only turn out to be the "tip of the iceberg", as infectivity outside China is still low. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), wrote on his Twitter page.

"There have been some concerning instances of onward 2019nCoV spread from people with no travel history to China. The detection of a small number of cases may indicate more widespread transmission in other countries; in short, we may only be seeing the tip of the iceberg," the WHO Director-General said.

He also urged all countries to step up their efforts in order to prepare for possible 2019-nCoV infection and do their best in containing the virus.

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In an evolving public health emergency, all countries must step up efforts to prepare for 2019nCoV’s possible arrival and do their utmost to contain it should it arrive. This means lab capacity for rapid diagnosis, contact tracing, and other tools in the public health arsenal,” he added.

As we reported earlier, Japan reported six more cases of coronavirus infection among passengers and crew on the Diamond Princess liner, which is quarantined off the Japanese coast. It was informed by AP News.

As it was stated, an American passenger in her 70s and five crew members — four Filipinos and one Ukrainian were diagnosed with 2019nCov.

Related: One of Ukrainians on Diamond Princess cruise liner infected with coronavirus

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