WHO: Wuhan New Coronavirus is now a global emergency

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The Wuhan New Coronavirus is officially a global health emergency, the World Health Organisation (WHO) announced at a press conference on Thursday.

It’s only the sixth time a global health emergency has been sounded. You can rewatch the entire press conference below.

Cases of the New Coronavirus has been documented in 18 countries affecting around 8000 people at the time of writing, killing around 170.

WHO however believes there is no cause for mass panic.

“This is the time for facts, not fear. This is the time for science, not rumours,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, WHO’s director-general.

Tedros made a point of commending China’s containment efforts, and called on all nations to stem the spread of the virus. The coronavirus is believed to be transmitted through “droplets, contact and fomites” — objects that have residual contaminants.

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