Coronavirus MAPPED: Countries affected as WHO declares global emergency

WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus told a press conference: “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.”

A Public Health Emergency is used when “an extraordinary event which is determined … to constitute a public health risk to other states through the international spread of disease”.

In the past, Public Health Emergency status has been issued for Swine flu, Zika and Ebola, among others.


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