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Coronavirus: Global risk upgraded to ‘very high’

Geneva, Feb 29 (GCCurrentAffairs) The global risk of the contagious and deadly coronavirus outbreak has been upgraded
to the ‘highest level’ of risk assessment.
The World Health Organization (WHO) on Friday said that there was still a chance of containing the virus if its chain of transmission were broken.
At a press conference in Geneva, WHO chief Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said that most cases could still be traced, and there was no evidence of the virus “spreading freely in communities”, says a BBC news report.
Dr Tedros also stressed that fear and misinformation were the biggest challenges to overcome.
More than 50 countries have now reported cases of coronavirus, where Iceland, Nigeria, Mexico, New Zealand, Belarus and the Netherlands have witnessed their first cases.
According to the Chinese state health committee, the death toll from the novel coronavirus disease in mainland China has risen by 47 to 2,835, the number of confirmed cases has increased by 427 to 79,251.
On 31 December 2019, WHO was informed of a cluster of cases of pneumonia of unknown cause detected in Wuhan City, Hubei Province of China.

Via UNI-India

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