WHO Declares Global Health Emergency Against Uncontrollable Coronavirus Spread

The body amended its initial assessment less than a week after contagions outside China became significant.

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The World Health Organization (WHO) emergency committee decided yesterday afternoon, January 30th, in Geneva to declare a global health emergency due to the outbreak of the Wuhan coronavirus.

The decision comes 30 days after the first alert to the new disease, released by China on December 31st, and after the number of people affected by the pathogen multiplied by 13 in the past week, to 7,818 confirmed cases and 170 dead, according to the latest WHO data.

Of these, 82 patients were diagnosed in 18 countries Subscribe to our Premium Membership Plan. Already Subscribed?