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WHO Warns Coronavirus Outbreak Has ‘Pandemic Potential’

Tue 25 Feb 2020 | 10:12 AM
NaDa Mustafa

The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that world countries should do more and prepare for a possible pandemic because of Coronavirus outbreak.

In an official statement, WHO said that it is too early to announce a pandemic now, but the countries should be in a “phase of preparedness”.

"The epidemic will be declared when the infectious disease is easily transmitted from person to person in many parts of the world," the statement read.

More cases of the virus, which causes respiratory disease Covid-19, continue to emerge, with outbreaks in South Korea, Italy and Iran.

However, most infections are in China, the original source of the virus, where more than 77,000 people have contracted the disease and over 2,600 have died.

More than 1,200 cases have been confirmed in about 30 other countries and there have been more than 20 deaths. Italy reported four more deaths on Monday, raising the total there to seven.

It is worth mentioning, Liu Zhiming, the director of a leading Hospital in China’s central city of Wuhan, the epicenter of a coronavirus outbreak, died of the disease earlier this month, according to state television.

He is the first known hospital director to have died from this deadly virus.

China is trying with all its might to confront the effects resulting from the outbreak of the new Coronavirus, via a series of strong and effective measures that seek to reduce the number of deaths and injuries caused by this deadly virus.