WHO Voices Concerns

Dr. Tedros Ghebreyesus Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO) has expressed concern about the number of coronavirus cases with no clear link to China or other confirmed cases.

Dr. Tedros said the number of coronavirus cases outside China was “relatively small,” but the pattern of infection was worrying.

“We are concerned about the number of cases with no clear epidemiological link, such as travel history to or contact with a confirmed case,” he noted.

Additionally, he said the new deaths and infections in Iran were “very concerning.”

His comments follow Iran’s announcement of two more deaths, bringing the total there to four.

Iranian health officials said the virus may already be in all Iran’s cities.

Outside China, 1,152 cases of the coronavirus have been confirmed in 26 countries, and there have been eight deaths.

They include two deaths in South Korea, which has the biggest cluster of confirmed cases apart from China and a cruise ship quarantined in Japan.

Italy recently announced 16 more cases, and its health minister said schools and offices would be closed and sports events canceled in the affected regions.

China has reported 76,288 cases including 2,345 deaths. The new virus, which originated last year in Hubei province in China, causes a respiratory disease called Covid-19.

Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Fellow

Edited by Jesus Chan

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