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WHO: China virus could be an international public health emergency

WHO: China virus could be an international public health emergency

World Health Organisation (WHO) voices strong concern on the Chinese coronavirus. According to the WHO, an outbreak in China will be discussed on Wednesday, at the special event aimed at the determination of potential requirement a coordinated international response, Hindustan Times reported on Tuesday.

Taking into account the scale of the new virus outbreak in China, the local experts will be taking part in the meeting. The WHO has called for an emergency meeting on Wednesday to determine how much serious the issue is for public health globally.

As WHO Director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus confirmed in the official statement, the international body needs to “…convene an Emergency Committee (EC) on 2019-nCoV (Coronavirus) under the International Health Regulations (IHR) on Wednesday, 22 January 2020.

According to the organization, experts from different countries should have the opportunity to assess if the situation constitutes a public health emergency of international concern, and what recommendations should be put in place.

The most recent similar case was 2019 Ebola epidemic in DR Congo. For WHO it became another challenge and the second deadliest epidemic of the nature on record.

The planned Wednesday meeting in geneva will be an extraordinary event, with risk which constitutes a public health risk to other countries through the international spread, and to potentially require a coordinated international response, said WHO boss.

Meanwhile, Geng Shuang, China’s health ministry spokesperson, said the country id ready to fight the virus.

“China is willing to continue to deepen international cooperation, work with the international community to respond to the epidemic, and jointly maintain regional and global health security,” Geng added.