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Coronavirus: Death Toll Hits 362 As Confirmed Cases Surge

World Health Organisation (WHO) Director-General, Tedros Ghebreyesus, speaks throughout a press convention on January 30, 2020, in Geneva. FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP



The variety of folks killed because the outbreak of novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has risen to 362, the World Health Organisation (WHO) has mentioned.

WHO’s Director-General, Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus, disclosed this on Monday in his report on the 146th assembly of the Executive Board of the company.

He defined that each one the deaths had been recorded in China the place the outbreak of 2019-nCoV was first reported, whereas only one demise was reported exterior the nation.

Ghebreyesus mentioned, “As you know, last week, I declared another public health emergency of international concern – this time over the outbreak of novel coronavirus.

“As of this morning (February 3), there are 17,238 confirmed cases in China and 361 deaths.”

“Outside China, there are 151 confirmed cases in 23 countries, and one death, which was reported from the Philippines yesterday (Sunday),” he added.

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The new coronavirus was first reported within the Chinese metropolis of Wuhan on December 31, 2019, whereas the primary reported case exterior China was within the Philippines.

During his go to to Beijing final week, the WHO chief mentioned he was impressed in his assembly with Chinese President Xi Jinping at his detailed information of the outbreak.

He additionally counseled the Chinese chief for his private management and the “serious measures at the epicentre, at the source”, so as to shield the folks.


Jinping, in keeping with Ghebreyesus, additionally hinted at steps taken to stop the unfold of the virus to different international locations.

“That’s exactly the strategy we discussed with him,” he instructed the assembly, including, “If we invest in fighting at the epicentre, at the source, then the spread to other countries is minimal and also slow.”

The WHO chief careworn, “If it’s minimal and slow, what is going outside can also be controlled easily. So, the number of cases we have now, 151, it’s actually small, and it’s coming only slow.”

He acknowledged that the outbreak could possibly be managed or get even worse, noting that the result could possibly be even higher if the state of affairs was given the wanted consideration.

“Because of this strategy, if it weren’t for China’s efforts, the number of cases outside China would have been very much higher.

“And it could still be, but we have the opportunity now to work aggressively to prevent that from happening,” Ghebreyesus warned.

He revealed that WHO has made a number of suggestions for all international locations to stop and restrict the additional unfold of the virus.

According to the UN well being company’s boss, there isn’t any cause for measures that unnecessarily intrude with worldwide journey and commerce.

He, due to this fact, referred to as on all international locations to implement choices that had been evidence-based and constant, saying WHO would supply recommendation to any nation contemplating which measures to take.

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